Friday, August 27, 2004

Beats and no, I'm not talking about the dead kind...

Beat is the term used to describe the pulse related to the meter of a song. Conductors indicate the beats of a piece with one hand while shaping dynamics and phrases with the other. Beats can occur in various strong weak patterns depending on the meter of the song. See meter definition
for a definition of meter. In addition, a beat could also be a mordent (the two are interchangeable terms).

The New Harvard Musical Dictionary 4th ed. Editor: Don Randel. Article Beat

Update: A pulse is an accented count in a measure. When counting 1, 2, 3, 4, a person is counting rhythmic pulses.