The anacrusis prepares your ears for the next measure’s downbeat, and is therefore sometimes referred to as the upbeat. In traditional notation, the amount of beats in the anacrusis is taken out of the very last measure of the song to even out the difference.
- pickup; pickup note(s); pickup measure
- anacrusi (It)
- anacrouse (Fr)
- Auftakt; Aufschlag (Ger)