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downbeat

Music the first beat of a bar or the downward gesture of a conductor's baton indicating this
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The band grew out of a group called the Del Alan Rockers, and hopes were that Del Barry and the Downbeats would go far.
This practice technique establishes the student's security in starting a work on downbeats of measures.
but they are also members of a community that lives in Chopin's music, especially in the mazurkas of his ancestral Polish homeland, with their lusty downbeats and tautly lilting second beats.