Illustrated Theory of Music: Hemiola

Debbie Diamond talks us through what a hemiola is.

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In this episode, OAE’s Debbie Diamond talks us through what a hemiola is (and no, it’s not a type of weird disease). Assisted by our talented juggler Sheppy Coodin, Debbie demonstrates how hemiolas occur and what auditory illusions they have on our ear when we hear them in a piece of music.

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