#1
When I play bass and jam with a drummer, I don´t really care.
I normally just listen to the beat and feel the bass drum pattern and just groove along.
It just came natural to me after playing guitar so many years.

So, do you think alot about time signatures and rhythm when playing?
Do you count and keep track of time?
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#3
Only when it's time signatures I'm not used to. I can play in 4/4, 2/4, 6/8, 3/4, 7/8, 9/8, 10/8, and 11/8 without having to consciously think about it but if I have to play anything else I have to count in my head.

That said, I can easily play along to a beat without knowing what time signature it's in.
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#4
When I'm drumming..


obviously.

When I'm playing other instruments.. I guess it depends on the complexity.
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Only when it's time signatures I'm not used to. I can play in 4/4, 2/4, 6/8, 3/4, 7/8, 9/8, 10/8, and 11/8 without having to consciously think about it but if I have to play anything else I have to count in my head.

That said, I can easily play along to a beat without knowing what time signature it's in.

This is exactly how i am. I just "feel" and internalize the beat.
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#8
Usually if it's just a casual jam then I'll just "feel" it, but when I play in an orchestra it's absolutely essential.
#9
4/4, 2/4, 6/8, 3/4, 7/8, 9/8, 10/8

I dont even know how to play these, put on paper. But in music I could groove with it.
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#10
I can usually just kind of find a beat and go with it. I have to count every now and again if I mess up or something, but for the most part. I always have to count whole notes or anything longer than that obviously, but it's not too hard to think '1234 new chord 34 new chord 34...'
Plus I associate certain songs with certain time signatures, ex. 6/8 = greensleves, so I just think of that song in a certain tempo.
#13
Well, when I'm playing alone I have to pay attention to STAYING in time, otherwise I tend to speed up. In a band though it's not a problem. I usually only have to count the beats when it's an unusual rhythm. 5/4 has always seemed awkward to me.
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#14
Only for like, really out there ones, and not to sound like I'm bragging or anything, but I've always had pretty damn good rhythm, no matter what the signature.

Except for 7/8, I've always had a small problem playing in 7/8.
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#15
I dont really care unless my drummer wants to know the time sig of a riff im making, or if im making a meshuggah typeish riff.
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#16
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Except for 7/8, I've always had a small problem playing in 7/8.

Really? I always default to 7/8 when I'm improvising. It annoys my bandmates >_<. Try to divide it up into 2+2+3 or 2+2+2+1.
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#17
Yeah, and it's kind of annoying because sometimes I play something I'll stop for a second to think about the time signature and **** everything up.
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#18
I just go with what I feel. I don't really know what a time signature is.
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#19
Well, yeah. I don't want to be playing in 3/4 when everyone else is in 4/4.

Edit: This only applies to when I'm playing bass or drums or when I'm learning a song on guitar. Once I've memorized how the song goes in relation to a time signature, I don't need to think about it anymore.
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#20
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Well, yeah. I don't want to be playing in 3/4 when everyone else is in 4/4.

Edit: This only applies to when I'm playing bass or drums or when I'm learning a song on guitar. Once I've memorized how the song goes in relation to a time signature, I don't need to think about it anymore.

I never think about rhythm on guitar, riffs usually have such strange rhythms. Well I suppose I count when I'm playing a 12-bar but even then I can usually feel the chord change coming because I know when to play
-2-2-4-4-5-5-4-4
-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0

instead of
-2-2-4-4-2-2-4-4
-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0
#21
Not really, I mean, I notice when it's a less common time signature but otherwise I really don't think about it consciously.
#22
No. I always feel a strong sense of pulse, but I never actually count unless I have rests
Even in complex time signatures (or perhaps especially, I'm not sure) I avoid counting, and try instead to divide metres like 5/8 into groups, and feel those instead.
I've had to play very fast pieces, which changed every bar between 5/8, 9/16, 11/8 etc., and within that, "play" many bars rest at one time. Not fun.
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#23
Only if I play songs by other bands that are in different time signatures. Writing my own stuff I don't care.
#24
I usually tap my foot and sort of subconsciously count.
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