Knowing this pattern will allow you to tell where the music is heading and to manipulate it accordingly. The first beat of every bar is usually stressed to make it more distinguishable from the other three. Phrases are important because all parts of a track intro, verse, chorus and so on consist of an even number of 4-bar phrases. Thus all major changes in the music take place at regular intervals that normally equal to one or two 8-bar chunks.
Can you hear the notable changes taking place in the music at the beginning of each 8-bar phrase? First comes the intro — usually a pure kick drum with claps, snare and possibly some percussion, on top of which other instruments and samples are layered. The Keep It To Myself (Classic Pump Mix) - Su Su Bobien - Keep It To Myself (The Eric Kupper Remixes) may end with a small breakdown that builds up the anticipation of the new track.
After the Tú Y La Mentira - Chavela Vargas - Mis Canciones chorus or the small breakdown, the first verse begins, which is followed by chorus. Then comes the second verse. During the breakdown, the anxiety rises higher and higher, and when the crowd is already screaming with anticipation, the beat returns and the track reaches its climax — the last chorus that may be repeated several times.
The last chorus may be followed by an instrumental one, after which the track returns to the pure drum beat of the outro. JM has played open-air gigs, shared the stage with the likes of ATB and had mix albums released commercially. He has been teaching DJing since In this example, the intro has 16 bars and the bridge has 24 bars.
Do you refer to the intro as having 4 x 4 bar phrases or 2 x 8 bar phrases? As well as the bridge, is it 8 x 4 bar phrases, or 3 x 8 bar phrases? Sorry I got my math wrong with the bridge, I meant to ask if it is 6 x 4 bar phrases or is it 3 x 8 bar phrases.
Depends on what you consider a phrase as it could be 4 or 8 bars. I tend to think in terms of 8-bar phrases as most changes in a track happen every 8 bars.
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