Harry Connick Jr (this is genius!)

What do you do when your listeners clap on 1 and 3 instead of 2 and 4?  Do you stop the music and chastise the audience for crippling the song with a stilted beat?

This is the situation Harry Connick Jr found himself in when performing in France a dozen or so years ago. But rather than stop the song Connick got the audience to clap on 2 and 4 without them even knowing it.

Here’s the clip. Pay attention to what happens around 0:39.


WTF!  Up until 0:39 everybody is clapping on 1 and 3 but from 0:42 the audience is clapping on 2 and 4.

How’d he do that?

He added a 5/4 bar; that is, he added one extra beat that displaced the audience clapping so the tune went from square to hip.

Brilliance.  And that he came up with the solution mid-performance is genius.

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