Break can mean a couple of different things in music, depending on the genre’s jargon.
One can use a break as an idea of a rest. A break – a sudden pause – in the music that can be used for dramatic effect or a place for breathing.
A break can be literal, using sounds of something crashing or breaking apart. This can be performed live, or used as sample.
Or, the most conventional meaning – where the rest of the ensemble stops playing (or holds back greatly in dynamics) while a single instrument takes a solo line. This can be used to surprise the listener while bringing attention to a specific sound source before the rest of the ensemble returns.
Try putting it into your new composition!
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