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Example 3: Soleares

The 12/4 meter of the flamenco soleares indicates twelve pulses per measure. Each pulse (or beat) is represented by a quarter note. The following sub-groups are suggested: 3+3+2+2+2. Unlike previous examples, this example does not feature dotted bar lines, additive time signatures or mixed meters to reinforce the genre’s characteristic sub-divisions. However, the accent markings suggest that rhythmic emphasis is placed on the last beat of each group. Familiarity with the flamenco tradition helps to achieve a more authentic rhythmic feel. As a result, you will count:

one, two, THREE, four, five, SIX, seven, EIGHT, nine, TEN, eleven, TWELVE

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