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Music Term: Upbeat

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1-9

Upbeat


Definition and background:

The last beat of any measure, usually a weak beat. It is called the " upbeat " because the conductor always directs it with an upward swing of the baton or hand. This anticipates the first beat of the next measure, the " downbeat ", always directed by a downward swing of the baton or hand. the upward movement of the conductor's baton or hand. the upbeat precedes a strong beat and it is also known as the 'weak' beat. If the rhythm is syncopated, the main accent falls on the upbeat


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