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Old 11-25-2013, 02:31 PM   #1
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Favourite songs in unusual time signatures

Okay, if we exclude the most common signatures (4/4, 3/4 - 6/8), what are some of your favourite songs using odd time signatures? Been in the mood lately for some quirky stuff .



Sting's I Hung My Head is in 9/8. Killer tune.
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:33 PM   #2
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Kamelot has tons of songs that are at least partly in 5/4. Dark Tranquillity plays around with 9/8 and 7/8 sometimes, but how about a little 37/16?

Skip to 1:55.
And if cut-off bars count, most of Moonsorrow's songs do that at some point, and I never miss a chance to plug them.
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or literally any venetian snares song for 7/8 / 7/4


there's some nice 7/8 and 11/4 in this
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:46 PM   #5
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I don't care about time signatures. What I mean is, I don't like a song any more or less depending on the time signature. A good song is a good song.
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:48 PM   #6
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:48 PM   #7
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I don't care about time signatures. What I mean is, I don't like a song any more or less depending on the time signature. A good song is a good song.

No shit but this is a thread about good songs in unusual time signatures so we are posting them
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I don't know what a time signature is. I'm quite ignorant when it comes to doing anything guitar related except playing guitar.
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:48 PM   #9
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:51 PM   #10
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Money by Pink Floyd is possibly the most natural sounding 7/8 song ever. So many plebs listen to that song and have no idea anything is different to your run of the mill time signature
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:53 PM   #11
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No shit but this is a thread about good songs in unusual time signatures so we are posting them

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I don't know what a time signature is. I'm quite ignorant when it comes to doing anything guitar related except playing guitar.

Time signatures are how many of a certain beat is in a bar of music. The common tim is 4-4

1-2-3-4
2-2-3-4
3-2-3-4
4-2-3-4

A time signature like 5/4 would be 5 beats

1-2-3-4-5
2-2-3-4-5
3-2-3-4-5
4-2-3-4-5
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:57 PM   #13
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Definitely my favourite odd time signature song.
Right in Two by Tool is a close second
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The intro groove is relatively simple in this, but then it goes into 19/16 over 4/4 and messes with the rhythm so much:

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Also this one by Intronaut, not sure what the sig is but its just quite weird enough to not be a simple or compound:

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or literally any venetian snares song for 7/8 / 7/4


there's some nice 7/8 and 11/4 in this

play those at the same time
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Old 11-25-2013, 03:19 PM   #18
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I don't know what a time signature is. I'm quite ignorant when it comes to doing anything guitar related except playing guitar.

The first number represents the number of beats you have in a bar and the second number represents what type of beats you have in a bar (quarter notes, eight notes, etc...)
Let's say you have a 7/8 time signature, you'll have 7 eight notes in a bar which is an eight note shorter then a full 4/4 bar which can also be written 8/8.

What's great about this is if you put 2 bars of 9/8 by each other (or any other impair time signature) and you accent what you play on every quarter note, you ended up being offbeat in the second bar which is pretty cool: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 | 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9

As you can hear in this song (on the drums) starting at 0:22


I also love that song, the part at 2:27 is wicked. A bar of 9/8 followed by a bar of 4/4 or 8/8 or just a full bar of 17/8. It's just so groovy


Also, some songs just sound weird like if they were in weird time signature but they're not and that's pretty fun too like that part at 0:53. That slap guitar though
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play those at the same time


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