Definition of downbeat in English:


Line breaks: down|beat
Pronunciation: /ˈdaʊnbiːt



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  • An accented beat, usually the first of the bar.
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    • The song has three stanzas of six lines, carrying four stresses downbeats separated by upbeats.
    • For this pianist rushing and slowing down in the cantabile sections while drawing attention to the downbeats over the barlines is a measure of profound expression.
    • Stopping before a bar line inhibits the central nervous system of the student who could otherwise tend to take over and encourage rushing over bar lines into downbeats.

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