#1
I'm unfamiliar with time signatures. The only ones I know are the basics: 4/4, 3/4, etc.

I've heard a few songs by one of my favorite bands written in this odd time signature, and I'm curious as to what it's called. The first bar is 5 beats, second is 6, third is 5, fourth is 6, etc. What is this called?
#4
Quote by Winter Sky
I'm unfamiliar with time signatures. The only ones I know are the basics: 4/4, 3/4, etc.

I've heard a few songs by one of my favorite bands written in this odd time signature, and I'm curious as to what it's called. The first bar is 5 beats, second is 6, third is 5, fourth is 6, etc. What is this called?


Is it possibly in a time sig like 11/4? It would be easier to play if you thought of the songnlike that.
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#5
Quote by AlanHB
Is it possibly in a time sig like 11/4? It would be easier to play if you thought of the songnlike that.


Yeah, I was thinking 11/8 would make more sense.
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#6
I was going to say 11/4...

this is why I don't post often, people beat me to it....
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I can write a coherent tune ... But 3/4? I play rock, not polka.
#7
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I was going to say 11/4...

this is why I don't post often, people beat me to it....


May as well give it a shot

It surprises me how often people will jump to the least likely conclusion about TS's question, in this case mixed meters, but other acceptable impulse answers include "it's atonal/modal!" and "play the byzantine scale".
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#8
Ultimately it just depends on how it's written or how you think about it, but to me it's 5/4 and 6/4 alternating. I wouldn't really ever call anything 11/4, because most of the time it isn't and all of the time it's easier to feel in 5 and 6.
#9
Then 5+6/4.

In my opinion, 5+6 = 11.

But that may be wrong. Idk...

I think its called additive meter.
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#11
Quote by vampirelazarus
Then 5+6/4.

In my opinion, 5+6 = 11.

But that may be wrong. Idk...

I think its called additive meter.


You wouldn't really ever say 5+6/4 because you almost always group things in 2 or 3, so I guess you could theoretically have something like 2+3+3+3/4 but that would just be awful. The reason you wouldn't do 11/4 is because you would have to feel it 2+3+3+3 (or some variation) as opposed to a bar of 2+3 and then 3+3.
#12
Quote by Winter Sky
5/4 and 6/4 alternating makes the most sense to me, especially because the chorus is completely in 6/4. Thanks, everyone.


depending on the beat, it could just be a measure of 3/4 and then 2 measures of 4/4. i can't listen to it right now, though.

listen to where the natural accents are. that'll tell you exactly how to notate it.
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