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Old 04-24-2013, 06:51 PM   #1
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What is Hemiola?

I missed a question on a practice exam for my Music Theory class regarding hemiola, but it was never mentioned in class. At least, I don't remember if it was or not.

So, what in the world is hemiola? I'm pretty sure it's rhythm related, but I don't know.
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:53 PM   #2
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LET ME GOOGLE THAT FOR YOU:

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=hemiola
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:27 PM   #3
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Displacement of the beat usually done by holding notes over bar lines. It can really screw with your head when you're playing a piece.
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:09 PM   #4
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Displacement is not a hemiola.
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:18 PM   #5
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The way I've learned it, it's a piece written in a triple meter, that feels like its in duple. So it would be in 3/4 where it feels either in cut time or 2/4, or some other duple or quadruple meter. I may be off, but that's always the way I've learned it. I can't really offer any examples off the top of my head, but you could listen to Percy Aldridge Grainger's "Theme from Green Bushes." That has a pretty blatant hemiola in it. So does the first movement of the Holst suite in Eb.
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:58 PM   #6
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Simply its playing something that implies a meter that isnt the meter you're playing over. Like play a lick that feels like its in 3 if you're playing in 44
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:13 PM   #7
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It is when you voice the music in a way that mimicks a different time signature than what is properly notated as.
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:18 PM   #8
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:26 PM   #9
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Displacement is not a hemiola.


That's atleast how it was explained to my class in band. But that's probably because most of the kids there still struggle to understand basic meter haha.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:18 PM   #10
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3 over 2

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Old 05-02-2013, 08:22 PM   #11
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3 over 2


no.

It's just 4/4 accenting every 3rd beat.

1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1

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Old 05-02-2013, 08:56 PM   #12
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no.

It's just 4/4 accenting every 3rd beat.

1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1


uhhhhhh

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemiola

you're thinking of syncopation
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:16 PM   #13
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3 over 2 is a triplet on the half note in 4/4. According to the article you posted, a hemiola is quarter notes over a dotted quarter pulse (ie 3 quarter notes over a bar of 6/8).
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:32 PM   #14
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or 6 quarter notes over a bar of 12/8



6 over 4 pulses, 3 over 2 pulses, 1.5 over 1 pulse
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:41 AM   #15
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So what's the difference between that and a triplet which is three notes played in the space of two??
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:27 PM   #16
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Having a hemiola requires more than one voice. For instance, tapping triplets with your left hand and either notes with your right. Otherwise, it is simply syncopation.
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National_Anthem gave a good explanation a while ago http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/foru...ghlight=hemiola
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He had a good point, but, it doesn't only occur in triple meters. It can occur anytime a triplet is placed against a duple pattern.
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:39 PM   #19
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I missed a question on a practice exam for my Music Theory class regarding hemiola, but it was never mentioned in class. At least, I don't remember if it was or not.

So, what in the world is hemiola? I'm pretty sure it's rhythm related, but I don't know.

It's more of a lump, really. See a doctor if uncertain.
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