#1
Does anyone have any tips or methods they find useful for deciphering complex time signatures. I know the theory and can do it fine on paper, I just want to be able to listen to a song and instantly know.

Any help is appreciated.
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theory states 1+1=2 sometimes in music 1+1=3.
#2
break it up to smaller sections
say I have a 13/8 piece.

Instead of going up to 13 I'd count it as 4/8 6/8 3/8 and then start over
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#3
Yeah, breaking it up into smaller sections is the easiest way to count, stuff like 11/4 would be counted 1,2,3, 1,2,3 ,1,2,3 ,1,2, and so on...
#4
learn to listen to the drums.

Listen objective where the accents lie and compare that to the rest of the song.

Ie there's a riff played at 120bpm in 8th notes.

Then if it goes odd in to 7/8 then the speed of the notes is the same, but just the accents change.

Count the accent and count the 8ths.

Practice this at slow speeds (with ur guitar as well as counting) and you will develop a "feel" for 7/8 just like you have a feel for 4/4.

If you have this then you can hear when something is 7/8 or any other signature.

Over time it will feel just as natural.

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#5
See, listening to the drums can be a problem sometimes. I listen to some fairly screwed up music, and every instrument is doing thier own thing.

Any other suggestions?
Quote by Zaphod_Beeblebr
Theory is descriptive, not prescriptive.


Quote by MiKe Hendryckz
theory states 1+1=2 sometimes in music 1+1=3.