Much has been discussed on Pianologist about the tension and release beat of a bar. This knowledge is crucial when it comes to applying Forward Motion Concept in jazz improvisation.
Most music students have been taught to differentiate the strong and weak beat of a bar, but just to make sure no one is left out, here’s a useful diagram:
it is shown here, that:
- All the “&” beats are the weakest beat in a bar
- The “one” and “three” are stronger compared to the “two” and “four”
- The “one” being the strongest of all
According by Hal Galper’s Forward Motion Theory,
- The stronger the beat, the better it functions as a release beat. And the opposite for tension beats.
- A strong line that spells out chord changes is obtained by synchonizing the strong beats of the bar with the strong chord tones of a chord, and vice versa.
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