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#beginquote# 1. When you have a 4/4 beat, and guitar, bass and drums are playing, do the vocals (lyrical content included) follow that beat themselves? Does a lyric sung have to belong inside a bar, or two bars? Can it start and/or finish midway in a bar? When vocals rest, do they have to follow quarter-note beat measure in a 4/4? For instance, The Doors, Roadhouse Blues. The musical beat is something like duh duh-duh duh-duh, and when Morrison sings the lyrics it is discernible that they follow that sort of pattern, however, there are times when certain lyrics in that song go for longer than the actual bar length, so what rules must his singing follow to keep it in rhythm? Likewise, with The Doors, Peace Frog, the beat is like, duh duh-duh, duh-duh-duh-duh, and when Morrison sings his singing rhythm is upbeat and matches that pattern. Again, however, there are times when the lyrics are longer than the bar length. What rules does he have to follow? In short....a) Firstly, do his lyrics have to be written (cut into pieces) to match the musical beat? b) When singing, is it a standard rule that all singing MUST follow the same beat pattern? Or can a lyric be sung/interpretted differently, either slower, faster, or sung in different pieces than the way the beat pattern is playing? c) With rests, does the singer have to start/finish alongside bars? Is a singer mentally tapping the beats so he/she always comes in at the same point or finishing at the end of a bar? Can a singer start a lyric at beat 1 of a bar, finish on beat 3 of the second bar, start the next lyric at beat 4 of the second bar, finish at beat 2 of the third bar, etc? Or is there a formulatic approach he must follow? Vocal music (with the accompaning lyrics basically follow the restraints of the rules of music like any other instrument. Even when there is variations to the melodic line they still follow the measuric(?)(made that up)patterns. #endquote#
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