What is a Down Beat in Music?
When you bop your head to a piece of music, or when you dance to something, you are following a pulse (or a beat). The pace at which your head is bopping to the music. To understand beats more feel free to look at Beats #1 and also Beats #2
Dance music is a genre that utilizes the down beat almost every time. Simply explained, the down beat is the ‘pulse’ that hits on the
There are 2 parts to a beat: The Up Beat and the Down Beat.
“Saturday Night Fever” is an excellent example to show off the beats. The bass drum hits on the down beat, and the Drums’ Hi-Hat hits on the up-beat. The upbeat is literally the center of the beat, and the downbeat is literally the beginning of the beat.
Examples of Dance/Electronica Music emphasizing the strong DOWN Beat: