A man clapping
Some people slap the back of one hand into the palm of the other hand to signify urgency or enthusiasm. This act may be considered uncouth by others.
Musical works that include clapping
Classical works performed entirely by clapping
Classical works which include clapping
The clapping patterns known as keplok
are important in Javanese gamelan
. A type of synthesized clap is popular in many rap
and hip hop
songs as well. This is derived from and mimics the technique used in older popular music (e.g. disco
of the 1970s), in which multiple instances of real handclaps were recorded or a single recording was made of a group of performers clapping in unison. This was usually done for the purpose of reinforcing the snare drum
beat on the 2nd and 4th beats of the bar (offbeat
). Modern R&B, hip hop, and rap often omit the snare drum, making the claps a more obvious and central feature of the beat.
Acoustics and medical applications
Clapping is useful in (medical) opening up blocked blood circulation. Clapping can be used in acoustics
to check the reverberation time of a room. This is determined by measuring the clap's decay time
. A recent contribution can be found in 
Clapping is often used to help people recognize the rhythm in sounds. It can be used to help musicians count out rhythms.
It is also used to teach phonological awareness
to students learning the ways words are constructed. They often clap out syllables
to learn to break words into their component sounds.
Sports and other pursuits
The term "clap hands" or "clap hands Charlie" is also used in aviation to mean an aircraft collision or wing-to-wing contact, the phrase being derived from the refrain in the popular song "Clap Hands! Here Comes Charley!
In the mid 2010s, a practice of clapping as a way to emphasize talking points emerged among African American women, especially when clapping out individual syllables in words. This was pointed out in popular media by the comedian Robin Thede
on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore
It has since become more widely applied both online, often using the "hand clap" emoji, and in person.
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