ccannon1
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#2
They're called time signatures or meter. You find out which one is being used by counting the beats to a measure and feeling the emphases (the first beat is always strongest). But, I think you're trollin.
macashmack
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#3
If you can't tell what the meter is, you have a lot of work to do.
whywefight
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#4
Quote by macashmack
If you can't tell what the meter is, you have a lot of work to do.


No kidding. It's the most basic of music theories.
Spaztikko
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#6
Dude, just wait until you get into prog metal, and have fun then.

It makes my head hurt.
Hail
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#8
most people focus on what scales and notes they're playing

hell, 90% of people i talk to about music don't know what scales actually are - it's just some "music theory hubbub" they heard about on the internet but were too lazy to worry about. how am i supposed to give my shpeal about not worrying about music theory so they can focus on their ear when they do neither of those things and don't plan to?

if you were to meet most of the regulars in EG on the street, they probably wouldn't even know what a meter is unless they have GP5 rather than .txt tabs.

we take a lot for granted here
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GoldenGuitar
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#9
Hail, you must have a hard time staying sane. How do you do it?
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#10
i post stupid pictures on MT mostly

that and lots of benadryl

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makemusicnet
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#11
You should listen to music in these time signatures and then try writing some music in 5/4, 7/4 etc.

Take 5 is a famous track in 5/4. Mission Impossible is another. A lot of the music I hear in 5/4 feels like it's two parts i.e. 1,2,3 + 4,5 - The 4th beat is slightly accented.
ChamsRock
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#12
It's usually fairly easy to tell when something isn't in 4/4 time. Chances are, the song is in 4/4. If you want to delve into it further, I'd suggest downloading TuxGuitar, and some Dream Theater guitar pro tabs. They change time a lot, and you can listen to each measure, and how the timing is.
GoldenGuitar
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#13
Quote by ChamsRock
It's usually fairly easy to tell when something isn't in 4/4 time. Chances are, the song is in 4/4. If you want to delve into it further, I'd suggest downloading TuxGuitar, and some Dream Theater guitar pro tabs. They change time a lot, and you can listen to each measure, and how the timing is.


Or you could download the score to the Rite of Spring and follow it to the recording. Your recognition of time signatures would definitely improve.
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#15
Its worse when you try to learn crazy long dream theater songs, and you have to anticipate when it's coming.
Hail
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#16
the breakdown in namaste by veil of maya is based on the numbers from lost
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Or you could download the score to the Rite of Spring and follow it to the recording. Your recognition of time signatures would definitely improve.


We marched the Rite of Spring my Sophomore year in Marching band.

FUCK. THAT. SHIT.



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Hail
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#18
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We marched the Rite of Spring my Sophomore year in Marching band.

FUCK. THAT. SHIT.



jesus, that's just absolutely overkill and doesn't seem appropriate at all for a marching arrangement unless you can backflip over the drum majors without inconsistent breathing
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BackDoorPeople
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#19
How can you practice this? I can't figure it out by tapping my foot or anything, even when I know the time signature I can't tell. I tried counting out loud to take five and I can't get 5/4 I always make it 4/4. Same with black dog, I know its 5/4 but when I try to count I just get 4/4.
poisonousmetal
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#20
Quote by Spaztikko
Dude, just wait until you get into prog metal, and have fun then.

It makes my head hurt.

As soon as he finds out that Mike Portnoy is basically unable to keep the beat for long without changing it he's gonna get traumatized.
MaggaraMarine
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#21
Quote by BackDoorPeople
How can you practice this? I can't figure it out by tapping my foot or anything, even when I know the time signature I can't tell. I tried counting out loud to take five and I can't get 5/4 I always make it 4/4. Same with black dog, I know its 5/4 but when I try to count I just get 4/4.

Black Dog is in 4/4 because of the drums. But Take Five is in 5/4. It has two parts 1 2 3, 4 5. I know you are counting it as if the first beat was longer. But tap the same tempo all the time and there are five beats.
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As soon as he finds out that Mike Portnoy is basically unable to keep the beat for long without changing it he's gonna get traumatized.


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#23
The trick is being able to play in an odd time signature and having no one notice you are playing in an odd time signature. I've had jams where you don't notice while you are playing because the groove is so tight and you don't have to think about it, but afterwards you realize you were playing in 6/8 or something.
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