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time signature for White Room

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Ric5, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    The band I play in is doing White Room by Cream. I just play it without really thinking about the time signature. But we were teaching the drummer and some people think the begining is 4/4 and some 5/4. I count it 1-1-2-3-1-2-3. Sort of like 6/8 with an extra beat. Also kind of 12/8 like.
  2. BigDanT

    BigDanT Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2011
    I think it is 5/4 then 4/4 and back to 5/4 but not 100%
  3. 5/4 for the signature lick, then back to 4/4 for the verse/chorus
  4. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    +1 to voodoo.
  5. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Ya ... our drummer was over-thinking the song ... I just play the notes needed and don't usually think about the time signature.

    Also I was watching the 2005 live version of the song and you have to love Jack Bruce's bass playing on that song.
  6. its a great song too
  7. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Well the experts have confirmed that it is 5/4 on the intro.
  8. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
  9. Aussie Player

    Aussie Player

    Apr 20, 2011
    great song for a bass player and goes over very well as not many bands can pull it off.
  10. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    Jethro Tull's _Living In the Past_ is in 5/4, too.
  11. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    The main groove to Zappa's "Dupree's Paradise" is in 5 as well: http://www.zappa.com/stufftoget/video/index.html
    Scroll down to “Montana” & “Dupree’s Paradise” Roxy - Hollywood, CA 1973. After Montana, there's a long improv section (which is killer), and Dupree's starts with a gentle 5 which breaks to a sax and 'bone interlude in fast 9 (call it a slow 3 if you prefer) then a slower 6 that dissolves into the main groove in 5, where Napoleon Murphy Brock breaks out the flute and proceeds to rip it up (about halfway into the viddy).

    This performance ranks up there with anything ever done in music in my book.
  12. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
  13. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

    I was going to say 5.4 but I see that is covered, more 5/4 goodness, one my favourite jams and Cream related.

    Blind Faith - Do What You Like
  14. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    This is GOOD!

    Refers to the great bassists: Charlie Haden, Charles Mingus, Ray Brown, Bach (his furiously good bass lines).

    Semi-quote of McCartney's "Dear Prudence" bass line? :D

    Check this one out!