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#beginquote# 2. With multiple instruments playing simultaneously, what are the general rules for keeping themselves in beat? For instance...if a drum starts at the 3rd beat of bar 1, plays for a couple bars, then a bass kicks in and then later a rhythm guitar kicks in, do they have to keep check of what beats the other instruments are following or just their own? If the drums are tapping out 2 beats in a 4/4 bar, resting for 2, and the bass is playing 3 beats and resting for 1, and the guitar is playing 1 beat and resting 3, do they have to align themselves so that all instruments are aware what beat the other instruments are at, especially if from bar to bar each instrument plays and rests at different beats in a bar? The bass might play the first 2 beats, rest for 2, then play the 1st and 3rd beat, but rest for 2 and 4, then play 1 and 4 rest for 2 and 3, etc, so do the other instruments have to remember all this or do they just follow their own beat? As with #1 all instruments follw the rules of music. If a musician can read music they know when to enter and stop playing. If a musician is playing by ear (without reading music) they still follow the rules of music, but is done instintively. Just because you don't know the rules of music doesn't mean they aren't being followed. #endquote#
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