Monday, August 30, 2004

First hit me hard...Metric accent

Don't be misled, a metric accent is not louder or attacked sharper like normal accents. A metric accent is the phenomena which occurs when the first beat is noticeably a stronger beat. In the time signature 4/4 the first beat is naturally the strongest, the third beat is the next strongest and two and four are considered weak. Syncopation occurs when increased dynamics, accents, or rhythm force two and four to become the strong beats. The downbeat, or first beat is naturally strongest in all time signatures.

This information was complied from The New Harvard Dictionary of Music editor Don Randal, 4th ed. "Accent" and "Meter."