#1
I'm doing a piece for my Grade 8 bass and the time signature is 15/8, I'm wondering how I could count it. I can play the main themes fine but I can't improvise in it without losing the beat.

So how could I count it?
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#2
Count it as 5/4 in triplet form.

1 2 3 2 2 3 3 2 3 4 2 3 5 2 3
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#3
15/8... there are basically 5 beats to a measure, with 3 triplets to a beat.

In other words, it's just like playing triplets in 5/4.
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#4
hmm I tried that but it doesnt seem to work. The piece doesn't really have a triplet feel it seems more straight. Is there another possible way to count it?
TO = used for expressing motion or direction toward a point, person, place, or thing approached and reached, as opposed to from

TWO = the number 2

TOO = in addition; also; furthermore; to an excessive extent or degree
#5
That's the easiest way to count it. Maybe check your tempo and playing? That's the only thing that might be messing it up.
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hmm I tried that but it doesnt seem to work. The piece doesn't really have a triplet feel it seems more straight. Is there another possible way to count it?

i play drums and i song i played with my band make yourself by incubus is 15/8 and i counted its as 1 bar of 8 and 1 bar of 7
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#7
a time signature doesn't tell you the meter... it may or may not be 5 beats split into 3.. it could be anything

look at the way the notes are beamed
#8
15/8 could be divided so many different ways. I'd have to hear the song to see how it is split up.
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#10
"what ever happened to jazz " the scores to the bass and guitar part have notes grouped together differently .
try counting a bar of 4/4 followed by a bar of 7/8 for the coda
for the main section try counting 2/4 2/4 2/4 then 6/16 !
also check the bar of 4/4 leading out of the coda riff to the main riff , im pretty sure this is infact 15/8 .
if you find this info useful please let me know !
#11
with time signatures you look to see if its standard time (divisible by two) and the count it in twos eg 8/8 = 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and and so on
if its compound(divisible by 3) eg 6/8 = 1and uh 2 and uh 3 and uh...
if its odd (not divisible by either) and count in twos and threes eg
7/8 = 1 and 2 and 3 and uh

yours is 15/8 which is divisible by three so 1 and uh 2 and uh 3 and uh 4 and uh 5 and uh...

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#12
Count in 5/4 but with triplets. That would be the obvious answer. However, 15/8 is an unusual meter, so the feel may be more complex than just that.

Check what the rest of the band is doing, especially the drummer.
#13
^ +1

chances are the beats are felt out in groupings of 5 or 3 evenly. every once in a while a band like tool will come along and have funky groupings but thats not usually the case.

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#14
Thanks for your help I've worked it out now.

It's basically two bars of 4/4 with a quaver chopped off at the end. So its like a bar of 4/4 and then a bar of 7/8.

It works to count it like that because the piece doesn't have a triplet feel.
TO = used for expressing motion or direction toward a point, person, place, or thing approached and reached, as opposed to from

TWO = the number 2

TOO = in addition; also; furthermore; to an excessive extent or degree
#15
i'd say 12 3 4 2 2 3 4 3 2 3 4 4 2 3

Its just 4/4 missing a sixteeneth note.
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i'd say 12 3 4 2 2 3 4 3 2 3 4 4 2 3

Its just 4/4 missing a sixteeneth note.


that'd be 15/16
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that'd be 15/16


oh yeah.

I guess I mean that it would feel like counting in 4/4 minus a sixteenth note.
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