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  • Steven Baur


Percussive accents on nominal weak beats, typically played on the snare drum on the second and fourth beats in 4/4 meter. The term came into common usage in the early 1950s in connection with rock ’n’ roll music (also known then as “beat music” or the “big beat”), although the backbeat originated in earlier American musics. It remains one of the most common and distinctive features of post-...

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