#1
hey guys i got a question. i'm writing a new piece and for a few measures i'm having trouble. now the notes are all doted in the measure and i put it in 23/16 times

their are five notes in each measure and its a doted quarter note, a doted half note, then three doted eigth notes, now my question is did i use the rigth time signature or is there something simpler for me because i think 23/16 is a little bit bizzare.

thanks.
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#2
Hm, a dotted quarter would be 6 16th notes, a dotted half would be 12 16ths, and a dotted 8th would be 3.

6 + 12 + 9 = 27 -> you're not in 23/16, you're in 27/16.

Is there any reason you're using 23/16? It might be easier just to write in 4/4 and change the rhythm around so it fits.
#3
Listening to that, you could do what Laminated pig said and put it in 4/4 and change the note values, but keep them proportionate.
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#4
you see i'm really not that good at it what i'm doing is playing them on my guitar. then i use Guitar Pro and put the corresponding notes in, then i fiddle with the values of the notes till it sounds right then when i have done that i put the time signature in so that it doesn't exceed the measure or fall short. which is why i have it in 23/16 and not 27/16 because that is what GP says is a completed measure.
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#5
Hm, if Guitar Pro says it's 23/16, you could just try adding a 16th note/rest onto the end of the measure, then it'd be straight 6/4.

You could upload the file if you're still confused
#6
yeah i used to be really bad at tabbing* and had really crazy time signatures so my riffs would fit in

you just need to change the tempo/pace. use the mix button at the bottom right or the one at the top.

this fixed my crazy time signatures, and i put my stuff in GP the exact same way you do. change the time signatures back to 4/4 and use simple note values (i try not to use dotted or -n- numbers other then like 3). just use simple note values and don't worry if its slower/faster then the way you play it**, just increase or decrease the BPM to compensate.


i think being able to count notes helps alot, but i dont know how to do it. i also try and memorize certain patterns, like galloping rhythms i know are 16th 16th 8th.


*not that im trying to imply that you're bad at anything, just that i was in the same place and thats how i describe how i was.

**of course make sure the ratio of the note duration is still right because the bpm won't fix that.
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#7
If GP says it's 23/16 then you do not have a dotted 1/4, a dotted 1/2, and 3 dotted 1/8ths. You've got something else going on - take another look.

That would give you 27.

There's nothing wrong with 27 or 23 time, as long as you can play it. A lot of people would fall apart for sure.

When you play the part without the aid of GP, are you tapping your foot or anything to determine a steady time? Does the timing of what you've done in GP correspond exactly?
#8
I'm guessing you're just playing 4/4 or 6/8 and are just tabbing it wrong. It's really hard playing in 23/16... Can't you record it and post it or something?