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Long Bell

Composer Traditional    (click to list other tunes)
Submitted by David Luebbert
Posted 3/22/01; 12:20:42 PM
Msg# 1600 (top msg in thread)
Prev/Next 1599/1601
Reads 9630


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The long bell pattern is a timeline pattern of seven hits that fits in a six beat cycle. The pattern begins with 4 hits on the beat. It then skips to play 3 hits on the offbeats of beats 4, 5, and 6.

The effect of the rhythm is to visit the onbeats for a little bit more than half of the cycle and then the offbeats for a little less than half of the cycle. Since there are more onbeat hits than offbeat and since it is usually played by a bell, this is called the Long Bell pattern.

Its relative, the Short Bell pattern, visits 3 onbeats followed by 4 off beats.

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Last update: Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 12:20 PM.