Music Dictionary Word of the Moment : SYNCOPATION

07/29/2011 9:28 pm
  • Syncopation : in short is accenting the off beats or weak beats
  • Syncopation is a disturbance or interruption of the regular flow of rhythm; a placement of rhythmic stresses or accents where they wouldn’t normally occur. Syncopation is used in many musical styles, and is fundamental in African-derived styles such as ragtime, jazz, jump blues, funk, reggae, rap, progressive electronic dance music, progressive rock, progressive metal, breakbeat, drum’n’bass, samba, baio, ska and dubstep.  (
  • Syncopation and Accents video explanation: watch this video that gives a full explanation of accents and syncopation in how music works.