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What is the difference between Downbeat and Upbeat?

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Answered Jul 11, 2019

Both the downbeat and the upbeat exist in measured music, and both are important to create decent rhythm. A downbeat starts a rhythm, and it is the start of a unit of rhythm. An upbeat, on the contrary, marks the beginning of the next downbeat in a piece of measured music. Downbeats are the numbers 1,2,3, and 4 in rhythm while the ends are upbeat.

Both the downbeat and the upbeat exist in measured music, and both are important to create decent
During a downbeat, the conductor will make a downward stroke while an upward stroke is done to indicate an upbeat. A downbeat would be the first beat while an upbeat precedes the beginning of the next downbeat.

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