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Old 01-25-2013, 01:42 PM   #1
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What time signature is this riff?



Sorry I'm not very good with this sort of thing, and our drummer says it is impossible to play a beat to this
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:50 PM   #2
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This could be completely wrong, but it kind of sounds like three bars of 7/8 and one bar of 4/4.
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:56 PM   #3
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I think it's a bar of 4/4 followed by 7/8
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:07 PM   #4
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I'm hearing 3 lots of 4/4 followed by a bar of 9/8, although to be honest it sounds more like you're not coming in early enough on the last bar rather than it being right-on-the-money 9/8.
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:30 PM   #5
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I'm hearing 3 lots of 4/4 followed by a bar of 9/8, although to be honest it sounds more like you're not coming in early enough on the last bar rather than it being right-on-the-money 9/8.


I think you're right, would this be a difficult drumbeat to get down?
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:04 PM   #6
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I hear 4/4 4/4 4/4 9/8
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:11 PM   #7
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tell him to do a pick-up fill into the 4/4 reprise

i'm agreeing with sleepy/snazz
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:50 PM   #8
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To me it sounds like straight 4/4 played a little sloppy.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:00 PM   #9
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Yeah, seems like the fourth bar is played for too long. It sounds like it should be in 4/4 all the time. And the riff starts an 8th before the first bar. I would shorten the last note before the riff starts again. Here it's a fourth which makes the last bar an 8th longer than the three other bars. So change that note to an 8th.

If a drummer can't play a beat over a simple riff, then he's not that great drummer. Because drummer should know the rhythm very well.

Here are the three "possible" versions of the riff I recorded (I also made a simple drum track). The last one is the 4/4 - 9/8 thing. The two others are 4/4 all the time.

https://soundcloud.com/jaakkorauhamaa/riff
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Yeah, seems like the fourth bar is played for too long. It sounds like it should be in 4/4 all the time. And the riff starts an 8th before the first bar. I would shorten the last note before the riff starts again. Here it's a fourth which makes the last bar an 8th longer than the three other bars. So change that note to an 8th.

If a drummer can't play a beat over a simple riff, then he's not that great drummer. Because drummer should know the rhythm very well.

Here are the three "possible" versions of the riff I recorded (I also made a simple drum track). The last one is the 4/4 - 9/8 thing. The two others are 4/4 all the time.

https://soundcloud.com/jaakkorauhamaa/riff


Wow! Thank you for the advice and recordings, they were a great help. I think my drummer's problem mostly came from my sloppy playing though haha!
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:13 PM   #11
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three bars 4/4, one bar 2+2+3+2/8

though it really does sound like sloppy 4/4
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