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5/8 Timing

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by scottos150, Jan 6, 2004.

  1. How would I go about playing something in 5/8,like how would I count it?
  2. I count it as: 1 2 3 1 2 1 2 3 1 2
  3. Filip


    Feb 13, 2003
    Sweden, Uppsala

    It's just to count to five.

  4. bassmantele


    Jul 22, 2003
    Boston MA USA
    Most tunes in 5 break down 3 - 2. If someone has written a tune in five, the melody will tell you the basic time. And most people use 5/4, not 5/8.
  5. Wolfehollow


    Jan 21, 2003
    Pensacola, FL
    My original band has a few pieces in this time if you would like to hear more examples... ones a slower 5/4 and ones a quick 5/8. Just let me know.
  6. 5/8 has the same feel as 5/4 I guess,anyway I never count while playing, I just get in the right "groove". After playing "take five" (Dave Brubeck) for about a thousand times, I feel pretty comfortable with this 5/4 thing, you just have to get used to it...... it seems more difficult than it is, same goes for 7/8....
  7. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Depends entirely on the context of the song and where the accents lie.

    Most commonly

    12312 12312 (Brubeck's Take 5)

    12123 12123

    12341 12341