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#1
Okay, if we exclude the most common signatures (4/4, 3/4 - 6/8), what are some of your favourite songs using odd time signatures? Been in the mood lately for some quirky stuff .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VolAaL_EvUs

Sting's I Hung My Head is in 9/8. Killer tune.
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#2
Kamelot has tons of songs that are at least partly in 5/4. Dark Tranquillity plays around with 9/8 and 7/8 sometimes, but how about a little 37/16?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjezXS5OLhY
Skip to 1:55.
And if cut-off bars count, most of Moonsorrow's songs do that at some point, and I never miss a chance to plug them.
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#5
I don't care about time signatures. What I mean is, I don't like a song any more or less depending on the time signature. A good song is a good song.
#7
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I don't care about time signatures. What I mean is, I don't like a song any more or less depending on the time signature. A good song is a good song.

No shit but this is a thread about good songs in unusual time signatures so we are posting them
#8
I don't know what a time signature is. I'm quite ignorant when it comes to doing anything guitar related except playing guitar.
#10
Money by Pink Floyd is possibly the most natural sounding 7/8 song ever. So many plebs listen to that song and have no idea anything is different to your run of the mill time signature
#11
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No shit but this is a thread about good songs in unusual time signatures so we are posting them

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I don't know what a time signature is. I'm quite ignorant when it comes to doing anything guitar related except playing guitar.

Time signatures are how many of a certain beat is in a bar of music. The common tim is 4-4

1-2-3-4
2-2-3-4
3-2-3-4
4-2-3-4

A time signature like 5/4 would be 5 beats

1-2-3-4-5
2-2-3-4-5
3-2-3-4-5
4-2-3-4-5
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#18
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I don't know what a time signature is. I'm quite ignorant when it comes to doing anything guitar related except playing guitar.

The first number represents the number of beats you have in a bar and the second number represents what type of beats you have in a bar (quarter notes, eight notes, etc...)
Let's say you have a 7/8 time signature, you'll have 7 eight notes in a bar which is an eight note shorter then a full 4/4 bar which can also be written 8/8.

What's great about this is if you put 2 bars of 9/8 by each other (or any other impair time signature) and you accent what you play on every quarter note, you ended up being offbeat in the second bar which is pretty cool: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 | 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9

As you can hear in this song (on the drums) starting at 0:22
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgERnpatDFI

I also love that song, the part at 2:27 is wicked. A bar of 9/8 followed by a bar of 4/4 or 8/8 or just a full bar of 17/8. It's just so groovy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcrWM1pHuJE

Also, some songs just sound weird like if they were in weird time signature but they're not and that's pretty fun too like that part at 0:53. That slap guitar though
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spCmStMOiHE
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#22
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaWHfHGPR1M

7/8 seems pretty common now though, at least in the metal i listen to
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#23
anything by dream theater

solsbury hill by ol' pete gabriel
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#24
That Sting song is pretty awesome, I should really study time signatures. I can notice that the structure is unique however I wouldn't have a clue of how to write it myself.
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#27
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Deathbed Atheist by Norma Jean is in 5/4. Really cool song.


I like that song, but I've always thought it was kind of a heavier version of Forty Six and Two by Tool.
#28
Blue Rondo A La Turk is cool
But boys will be boys and girls have those eyes
that'll cut you to ribbons, sometimes
and all you can do is just wait by the moon
and bleed if it's what she says you ought to do
#29
"Myaku" by Dir en Grey
It starts bouncing between 3/4 and 4/4, then it teeters in between 5/4 and 4/4 through most of it The chorus being in 4/4.
It's all over the place and really fun to play on the bass.
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ive always found schism to be one of their weaker songs tbh


i don't really see how i guess, i've always thought it was pretty tasteful despite all the key and time signature changes
#39
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