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Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Track 8

The bass drum and snare tend to have their own axis that revolves primarily around the quarters—1 and 3 for the bass drum; 2 and 4 for the snare—the latter being called the backbeat (see Figure B.1).

Figure B.1.

Although capable of infinite variance, this cycle provides the basic template for most drum patterns.

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