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The short bell pattern is a timeline pattern of seven hits that fits in a six beat cycle. The pattern begins with 3 hits on the beat. It then skips to play 4 hits on the offbeats of beats 3, 4, 5, and 6.
The effect of the rhythm is to visit the onbeats for a little bit less than half of the cycle and then the offbeats for a little more than half of the cycle. Since there are fewer onbeat hits than offbeat and since it is usually played by a bell, this is called the Short Bell pattern.
Its relative, the Long Bell pattern, visits 4 onbeats followed by 3 off beats.
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Last update: Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 12:28 PM.