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Old 01-30-2013, 12:43 PM   #1
Max Dread
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The various time signatures of Blackbird (The Beatles)

Hi all

I've been looking at various tabs and sheet music on line for this song and noticed how many of them notate it differently with regard the time signatures of the bars (which changes frequently throughout).

I wondered if anyone out there is either very familiar with the song, an expert in rhythm theory/time signatures, or ideally both ( and could tell me what the correct time signatures would be...... Perhaps by giving a link to a correct tab/sheet music, or by writing a list (Bars 1-8 = 4/4, Bar 9 = 3/4, etc for example).

Or is it more the case that there is no single correct way and that the different ways are all equally valid?

Huge thanks

Max
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:15 PM   #2
EmilGD
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As long as it sounds right when you play it doesn't really matter. In a gpro-file I made some time ago (not uploaded) this is what I have (below). This is how I find it most convenient tabwise, but it might not be playingwise, it could for example be easier to count to 7 in the intro rather than 3 + 4.

3/4
4/4
3/4
4/4 3x
2/4 11x (starting from "all your life...")
3/4
4/4 3x (the "sunken eyes" part starts on the 2nd of these 3 bars)
2/4 7x
2/4 9x (chorus)
3/4
4/4 3x
2/4 7x
2/4 9x (chorus)
3/4
4/4 3x (rall. from 2nd)
2/4 (rest)
2/4 4x
3/4
4/4 3x
2/4 14x
3/4 final bar

Probably pointless but whatevz.
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:20 PM   #3
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Well, that's very helpful for me so thanks for sharing. When I have finished my tab for it I will upload that and see how it compares.

I know it is not of utmost importance, but as I plan to use this for teaching, it would be good to get the theory right.....
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