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Trip272
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Sorry if this has been done before. I was wondering what are your favorite songs that are in (or partially in) an irregular time signature.

I would have to say mine are:

Radiohead - Paranoid Android [7/8]
The White Stripes - Take Take Take (on the chorus bit) [11/4] (i think)
Radiohead - Everything in it's right place [10/4]
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Five words: Radiohead and The Mars Volta
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Quote by ilovecanada1121
Schism by Tool has screwey time sigs like 5/8 and 7/8


+1.

Dream Theater's "Erotomania"
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the big ones: Money, Take 5
and radiohead's stuff.
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I think there's a Primus song called Eleven that's in 11/12 or something like that.

Among the ones I've actually heard it would probably be Gravity by A Perfect Circle, which is in 7/8 and then back to regular 4/4 (or 8/8?) at the final chorus.
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A lot of Tool songs, and Meshuggah songs.
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i dunno all this 'time signature' mumbo-jumbo, but Lamb of God's 'Ashes of the Wake' has some pretty odd riffs in it.
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Outkast-Hey Ya....ownage in 11/4
Of course Money-Pink Floyd 7/8 I think. That's why bass takes a while to get.
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Quote by Gopher636
i dunno all this 'time signature' mumbo-jumbo, but Lamb of God's 'Ashes of the Wake' has some pretty odd riffs in it.



thats in 4/4 i think.
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Quote by Gopher636
i dunno all this 'time signature' mumbo-jumbo, but Lamb of God's 'Ashes of the Wake' has some pretty odd riffs in it.


You call yourself a guitarist yet you don't know basic music theory?

( im assuming your a guitarist :P )
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Alot of Dillinger Escape Plan has odd time signatures.
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Yes and Rush have quite a few songs with some odd time signatures. Occasionally, so do Led Zeppelin as well.
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Money - Pink Floyd. 7/8 time I believe



nope even wierder. 7/4
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God im a noob for this Whats a time signature im not kidding.
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#24
Tattooed Love Boys by The Pretenders is in a really weird time, I can't even count the beats, that's how bad of a musician I am.
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No love for the Solsbury Hill (5/4, i believe)?
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Dyers Eve hard to say it changes alot also Mster of Puppets it also changes alot so hard to tell
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Quote by Syn Harvest
Dyers Eve hard to say it changes alot also Mster of Puppets it also changes alot so hard to tell


Pretty sure MoP is in 4/4 all the way through. The tempo changes in a few places though.

Stengah i guess for me. I dunno.
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master of puppets goes through a few changes actually the verses are a mixture of 4/4 and 12/5 which is really weird. then later they jusmp into 8/5 during the chorus if im not mistaken. then the little slow bridge i am pretty sure is 6/4
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King Crimson's Thela Hun Ginjeet. It contains some passages in which some band members play in 7/8 and others in 4/4 to create an "off-balance" effect. Cool.

Great thread aswell.
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Tool's 'The Grudge'...5/4...if i remember correctly.

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God im a noob for this Whats a time signature im not kidding.


Time signatures tell you how many and what kind of notes per measure there are. The number on top is the number of notes per measure, and the bottom number is what kind of note.
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I was looking up some stuff on APC, as I thought they may have some weird ones...

""Gravity" by A Perfect Circle - verses and choruses in 3+3+1/8, changes to 5/4 in the bridge, and finally to 4/4 for the final chorus"

3+3+1/8?? What the he;;?
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Quote by TimiHendrex33
Outkast-Hey Ya....ownage in 11/4


Actually I believe "Hey ya" is 4/4 with an occasional 2/4 or 6/4 measure injected.
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#33
Quote by ilovecanada1121
Schism by Tool has screwey time sigs like 5/8 and 7/8


From Wikipedia:

A possible analysis of the meter changes is found in the August 2001 issue of Guitar One magazine. As transcribed by Adam Perlmutter, the song starts in 5/4 for one measure followed by 21 measures of 6/4 (or 5/8 and 7/8 alternating), up to the first interlude, which is a bar of 3/8, three bars of 13/8, and a bar of 10/8. (This can be also interpreted as four 13/8 bars, but played with a 3/8 upbeat.) The next verse is eight bars of 6/4 followed by another interlude that fits the same pattern as the first. The next section is four bars of 6/4 followed by one bar of 11/8. Another eight-bar verse in 6/4 follows, with an interlude containing the same as before, except the final 10/8 bar is replaced with an 11/8 bar setting up the middle section, which is four bars of 7/4 before settling into a pattern of alternating 12/8 and 15/8, one bar each, twelve times. Following this, there are three bars of 4/4, a bar of 2/4, and four bars of 4/4 setting up another section, which is two bars of 9/8 followed by a bar of 10/8, that pattern again, a single bar of 9/8 followed by a 13/8 bar. This leads to an alternating set of 9/8 and 5/8, appearing four times before a bar of 9/8 and a bar of 6/8. Near the end, there is a 6/4 meter for eight bars, followed by eight bars of 4/4 to end the song. In all, the song changes meters 47 times. The band has comically said that the song is in "6.5/8".
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Quote by Syn Harvest
master of puppets goes through a few changes actually the verses are a mixture of 4/4 and 12/5 which is really weird. then later they jusmp into 8/5 during the chorus if im not mistaken. then the little slow bridge i am pretty sure is 6/4
theres no such thing as 12/5 or 8/5 time. theres 5/8. and i thought Master of Puppets is 4/4 the whole way through - the chorus certainly is.
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Way too many to name, but one of my favorites is Meshuggah - New Millennium Cyanide Christ.

From wiki:

The song, in typical Meshuggah fashion, applies various polyrhythmical changes throughout the song.

* The intro riff is 23/16, 23/16, 23/16, 23/16, 13/16.
* The verse is four measures of 3/8 and one measure of 4/4.
* The passage from the lyrics "Self-inflicted fractures" changes to 6/8, 4/8, 6/8, 5/8, 6/8, 5/8
* The passage from the lyrics "Baptized in vitriolic acid" and the guitar solo alternates between 7/16 and 9/16
* The passage from the lyrics "Disciples" changes to back to a 4/4 rhythm, but with a triplet feel.
* The ending riff is 6/8, 8/8, 6/8, 8/8, 4/8

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PF's Money (7/8, possibly a quick 7/4) and RHCP's Breaking the Girl (6/8)
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Quote by vintage x metal
PF's Money (7/8, possibly a quick 7/4) and RHCP's Breaking the Girl (6/8)
its 7/4
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