Learn the fundamentals of rhythmic counting from globe-trotting percussionist, Matt Teitelman (Kanye West). Matt talks about syncopation, or playing off the beat. Matt explains how some beats are stronger and others are weaker and discusses how playing on the off beat or the up beat adds a sense of tension and release. Matt describes which notes comprise the back beat and the importance of the backbeat to several genres of music. This lesson is just one of many music theory tutorials exploring the study of the language of music here at Music School Online (MSO). You do not need to know music theory to be a musician, but you will gain a deeper understanding of how and why music works, allowing you to better communicate with fellow musicians, and giving you more power to create your own music. Learn music theory at your own pace whenever and wherever you want.
Playing Off the Beat