Applying Anticipations to a Song: Anticipating Beats 1 & 3
The next example shows the same anticipated rhythms. However, this time these are followed by rests. There is still a sense of forward motion accompanied by a more intense punctuation due to the shorter durations.
Now, let’s combine these two examples, i.e. a mix of beat 1 and 3 anticipations with ties and rests. Notice doing this gives a smoother and more natural feel to the overall phrase — not as draggy as the tied version, or too staccato-ish as the one with the rests.
Applying Anticipations to a Song: Anticipating Beats 2 & 4
Compare the effect of the previous anticipated phrases on beats 1 & 3 with the following ones on beats 2 & 4, starting with the tied version, then the one with rests. These definitely sound more lively than the original, but comparatively they do not possess the extra excitement or sense of urgency of the beats 1 & 3 anticipations.
Applying Anticipations to a Song: The Musical Version
Finally, in order to create a musically and rhythmically coherent phrase, we do not necessarily have to anticipate each and every beat of the melody — some beats may remain as they are. Also, although beats 1 & 3 anticipations are preferred over beats 2 & 4, a mixture of both sets done tastefully will also enhance the rhythm of the melody.
Now, check out this simple arrangement!
Hopefully, from these examples, you will fully understand the importance of applying anticipations to musical phrases. In order to execute these anticipated rhythms accurately, you have to remember to maintain a steady tempo. There should never be any hesitation, dropping a beat, or rushing through the rhythm!