[Theory 101 hijack]
In 4/4 timing, there are 4 equal beats per measure:
0 0 0 0 | 0 0 0 0 (two measures with each 0 representing a quarter note)
A whole note holds for the entire four beats. A half note holds for two beats. An eighth note is twice as fast as a quarter note:
oo oo oo oo| oo oo oo oo (eighth notes)
A 16th is four times faster
… … … …|… … … … (16th notes)
In the Queen song, the fourth beat is silent, giving the third beat the emphasis. The rhythm is in 8th notes
Stomp, Stomp, Clap, (pause).
Stomp, stomp, Clap, (pause).
We will we will | r u
o o o o o o o o | o o o o o o o o
----------------------| s s cla s s clap
It’s hard to do the visual here. Hope that makes some sense.
[/Theory hijack 101]