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Rhythm                                 71
With triple time there is much more scope:
Quadruple time can be mapped out by combining any two of the duple groups, either with itself or with any other group. Here are a few specimens:
Sextuple rhythm will similarly be formed by combining triple groups. The possible variety here will be very large.
The student may with advantage work out all the changes he can think of. It will surprise those who have not before given attention to this subject to find out how wide is the range of possible variety.
It has been remarked that it is usual to speak of rhythms formed by placing the relatively long notes on the accented beats as regular, and to call the contrary arrangement irregular. The term 'irregular' does not imply any in­feriority, for some of the most valuable tunes use it, but it means unusual or unexpected.
Repetitions of a single note can be made significant by rhythmic diversity, e.g.,
The most obvious progression can be given new life by changing its rhythm. Take, for instance, the ascending
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