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Hands-On Music Theory by Richard Wentk

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4The Pulse

RHYTHM IS EASY. If you’re not a drummer, you either hire a drummer or select loop 3,167 from the 50,000 Killa Loopz Ultimate Urban Sample Megapack you downloaded from a torrent site. Then just set it on repeat, maybe filter it some, and you’re done.

Where’s the Groove?

Meh. Don’t be lazy. Travel now into the strange world of hand-programmed loops and modified beat logic. You may even become a drummer, which is like programming beats, only you get to hit things.

Rhythms are not the same as grooves. Rhythm is mostly about counting. Grooves are about music and feel. A sampled loop is an easy way to make a rhythm. It’s almost an easy way to make a groove. But if you don’t understand what a groove is, the rest of your track is going to ...

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