Syncopation In Popular Music

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The phenomenon of groove is an interesting and complicated matter of analysis, although this concept has been taken into consideration quite recently by musicologists; it is almost a century that this word is being used in music contexts.
From the 1920s of the Jazz Age until now, the expression of groove is simply used to refer to music performed really well, especially from the rhythmic section.
Even if this affirmation is too general, is partially correct. Musicians and listeners make use of the word groove when they really enjoy certain music to the point of tap their foot or dance.
Defining properly what groove is and why creates this magic effect is another matter. But having a common understanding of what effects make is a good starting point for a deeper analysis of the subject.

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As we have seen, syncopation is largely used by almost all instruments to create the right groove of a song, to give a specific feeling of a music genre. We can argue then some degree of syncopation in a piece of music contributes to build groove, as it is a way to create musical tension and a sort of violation of expectations that makes music more pleasant.
This is demonstrated in a web-based survey conducted by Witek et al. (2014), where sixty-six participants were asked to listen to 50 drum-breaks with different degrees of syncopation. Listeners rated higher and pleasurable those ones with an intermediate degree of syncopation, rather than those whit a high or low level of it. The result presented makes syncopation a good subject to explain the link between what create groove and why listeners perceive it as a good feeling. But more important, it confirms that the percentage to make groove happen is higher when we involve syncopated elements in a

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