#2
Each time signature has beats that feel as if they should be stressed.

5/4 - 2 and 5 (or 3 and 5)

7/4 - 3 and 7 (or 4 and 7)


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#3
it should come naturally, you should never write a song to be specifically in an odd time signature.

ps i think you mean 7/8, not 7/4
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#5
Part of the appeal of odd time signatures is that you can put the stress just about everywhere. Do what feels right.

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ps i think you mean 7/8, not 7/4


No, he probably means 7/4

It's not exactly as if 7/4 doesn't exist.
#6
it should come naturally, you should never write a song to be specifically in an odd time signature.


Why not? Time signatures have their own individual sounds just like any other concept. If you want that sound, go for it.

On a related note: I don't like the idea of calling them "odd" meters. They're only "odd" from the point of view of Western popular music. If you went to Bulgaria and played in 4/4 time, they'd look at you like you were crazy.
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#7
For some reason I though there were certain beats that were supposed to be stressed. Thanks for the help.
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For some reason I though there were certain beats that were supposed to be stressed. Thanks for the help.


There are beats that are supposed to be stressed. This is very important if you are writing music, because it directly affects the grouping of notes that get beamed together.

You can stress whichever beats you choose. This is called syncopation. Normally in 5/x time, beats 1 and 3 are stressed. Normally in 7/x it's 1, 4 and 6. You can change them how you please.
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