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who has some weird time signatures!?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by jeffgnr90, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. jeffgnr90


    Aug 4, 2011
    So I'm in a 3 piece "prog" rock band. we have a couple of songs in some interesting time signatures like 7/8, 6/8 and 13/8. I actually wrote out one of our songs just now the way I count it and tried to break it up so it was easy to read
    It goes like this......

    6/8 6/8 10/8 3/8 6/8 10/8 repeat. besides this intro, the rest of the song is in 6/8. Believe it or not, you can actually dance to that intro part, pretty groovy;)

    Now it's your turn! Let's see some crazy time signatures, the weirder the better, I say:hyper:
  2. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    I used to have a song that started out in 197/3 for 19 bars, then was played in 6/-5 for no bars, and then 4/4, 3/4, 3/3, 5/3, 9/12 and finally seventeen straight hours of 3/5,000,000, but the big problem was, I had a hard time remember the lyrics, and everyone who ever tried to dance to it ended up in the psych ward.

    So I switched to "Mustang Sally" in a rare language found off of the Ivory Coast, that only pigeons and certain breeds of dog could understand.

    Now everybody's happy.
  3. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Must drink beer with mellwoinman. It's on my bucket list.
  4. 4dog


    Aug 18, 2012
    Mustang sally in 3/16ths i thought, and is humanly impossible to dance to, are you trying to pull a fastbass on all us hucksters, what goes here!?
  5. braydensharrar


    Feb 21, 2009
    "Sail to the Moon" by Radiohead.

    The intro alone.


    Incredible song.
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  6. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    "Dance of Eternity" - Dream Theater - 104 time changes in under 7 minutes. Just played it last night (part of our regular setlist). 4/4, 3/4, 7/8, 5/8, 3/8, 7/16, 2/4, 5/4, 6/4, 12/8, 5/16, 9/8, 15/8, 11/8, 6/16, 6/8, etc.
  7. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Crazy time signatures?
    Weird time signatures??
  8. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    Sting. - I hung my Head.

    How he wrote a country song that sounds smooth and natural in 9/8 is beyond me.
    (and this is the 8+1 version of 9/8 not the 3/8 x 3 style)

    Of course it was dumbed back down to 4/4 when Johnny Cash covered it.

  9. funnyfingers


    Nov 27, 2005
    I wrote a song on bass and took me forever to figure out it was 11/8, I think. I didn't go into it wanting to write it like that. When I was trying to play it with a drummer I said I know the beat will be hard to find. We worked on it and figured the count as 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2. I think that is 11/8 anyway...
  10. Matthijs


    Jul 3, 2006
    I do lots of Balkan stuff that's in 7/8 or i.e. alternating 7/8 with 8/8 (3/3/2) and even alternating 10/8, 9/8 and 7/8. If it's done right only the musicians realise it's in a 'weird' time signature. To the audience it's just danceable. Using different time signatures is not nescesarilly the same as being needlessly complicated. It's also a way to play simple grooves that are just a bit different from the standard four beats.
  11. echoSE7EN


    Jul 1, 2010
    Balto., MD
    I was goofing around with 5/4 the other night. Honestly, I find it hard to write in 5/4, not because of the counting, but because the music always sounds so forced (to me). I know that I'm purposefully writing in that time sig., vs. writing a groove. 2/4, 3/4, 7/4, 6/8...no worries. But 5/4 is the bane of my existence.
  12. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
  13. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
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  15. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    Conlon Nancarrow wrote a piece with the (mathematically) irrational meter √42:1. Of course, since it was for player piano nobody had to suffer trying to negotiate it.
  16. ggunn


    Aug 30, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Captain Beyond, from 1972 or so.
  17. AnchorHoy


    Dec 29, 2008
    New Jersey
    Some Zappa

    All Gentle Giant

    Try this one on for size:

    Explore their catalog - that's one of the easy ones :cool:
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  18. David1234


    Jun 1, 2004
    Sydney, Australia
    Endorsing Artist: SWR Amplifiers
  19. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    I was in this crazy band with two bass players. Our drummer came up with an intro for one of our songs that involved the basses trading phrases. My phrase alternated between 7/8 and 4/4, while the other guy's phrase was in 3/4 the first two times, and then shortened by a beat for every other subsequent repeat. So the whole monstrosity went:

    7/8, 3/4, 4/4, 3/4, 7/8, 3/4, 4/4, 2/4, 7/8, 3/4, 4/4, 1/4. Repeat. And it was actually not that hard to play.

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