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#beginquote# Pete, thanks for your reply. I'm not suggesting that vocals should be like that, or are like that. I am actually lacking knowledge how vocals fit into beats, rhythms and rests. Maintube states that vocals should generally fit the time signature, as they are another instrument themselves. Where I am confused is that when I listen to songs, I can't tell for sure what the general rule of thumb is, as there DOES seem to be a general rule of thumb for vocalists. I'm just not sure what it is. I hear songs where the singer hits the same beats, same bars. Songs where the singers interpretation of how the lyrics are sung actually match the rhythmic beat of the guitar/drums. Songs where the singer is not matching the beat, or comes in at different beats from bar to bar. etc etc. I am confused therefore. If there are certain rules that instruments generally abide by, under 4/4 or 3/4 (etc) time signatures, then how does singing itself correlate to time signature etc? Like, if there are no rigid rules like hitting the right beat all the time etc, there might be or are still certain general rules for singing. I'd like to know what they are. #endquote#
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