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Scotch snap

(music) a rhythmic pattern consisting of a short note followed by a long one Also called Scotch catch
Word Origin
C19: so named because it is characteristic of, though not exclusive to, Scottish dance music, esp that for strathspeys
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  • The "scotch snap" is a constant rhythmic device, the old scale and the old Scottish cadences seem to be native to his heart.

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