, a stab
is a single staccato chord
that adds dramatic impact to a composition. Stabs are usually provided by horns (real or synthesized) or an orchestral sample
, usually occur on a 1-beat, and are frequently used in funk
, and ska
As well, stabs are used in electronic music, in the form of tiny snippets of a song used as rhythmic accents in a new composition. Early Breakbeat Hardcore, such as Prodigy's Fire, and Hip hop in general made use of stabs.