Counting Different Time Signatures

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Post Sun Jun 22, 2008 5:47 pm

I've been playing drums for around 5 years now. At the state of my playing now I've been feeling that what I'm playing is a bit generic and boring. A lot of the stuff in my book is in 4/4 time and it's pretty dull. Could any of you more experienced drummers provide me with a guide to count in other time signatures? A link or a title of a book that provides information on this would also work.
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Post Sun Jun 22, 2008 5:56 pm

Hi, here is some information about odd times... I am looking up books right now!

http://store.drumbum.com/drums/odd-time ... arning.htm
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Post Sun Jun 22, 2008 5:57 pm

here is this book!!!

http://www.google.com/products/catalog? ... 1073797718

and its priced well!
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Post Sun Jun 22, 2008 5:59 pm

here is a shopping list of titles!!!

http://www.google.com/products?hl=en&q= ... 1&ct=title
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Post Sun Jun 22, 2008 5:59 pm

hope that helps!


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Post Sun Jun 22, 2008 6:05 pm

Okay, the link didn't do much help, but I'll see if I can find the books the next time I go to the drum store. Thanks for your help.
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Post Sun Jun 22, 2008 6:09 pm

strange, the links open up great for myself. sorry. I tried.
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Post Sun Jun 22, 2008 6:18 pm

Nah, the link opened up fine but it wasn't what I was looking for, it was just tips. But the books look like they could help. Thanks.
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Post Sun Jun 22, 2008 11:35 pm

"Evening in the Odds" by Ralph Humphries is a great one. It will show you how to subdivide any odd time sig by breaking them up into groups of two and three notes.

He played with Zappa in the early 1970's and taught at PIT in the 1980's.

http://www.drumplace.com/PA012.html
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Post Sun Jun 22, 2008 11:58 pm

well for starters

you usually break 7 into 2 groups of 2 and a group of 3

such as

12 12 123
123 12 12
12 123 12

a common way to break up 9 is 3 groups of 3

123 123 123

or 3 groups of 2 and a group of 3

12 12 12 123
123 12 12 12
12 123 12 12
12 12 123 12


There are so many possbillities though. There are so many time signatures too, so I definitely recommend a book.

What time signitures were you trying to learn?
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Post Mon Jun 23, 2008 5:13 pm

breaking up the count of the time signature as said above helps. for me it helps with things like 11. i count 5 then 6 to make one measure of eleven. odd time signatures mean the the number of beats per measure are an odd number 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 etc. what kind of music do you enjoy playing? maybe we can find you a song thats in an odd time signature to listen to and learn to count.
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Post Mon Jun 23, 2008 9:49 pm

vincemie wrote:breaking up the count of the time signature as said above helps. for me it helps with things like 11. i count 5 then 6 to make one measure of eleven. odd time signatures mean the the number of beats per measure are an odd number 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 etc. what kind of music do you enjoy playing? maybe we can find you a song thats in an odd time signature to listen to and learn to count.


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Post Tue Jun 24, 2008 1:30 am

Yeah Meshuggah's drums are a great way to experiment, for example keeping your right hand playing a 4 on the china, then placing off beat snare hits in and around it! Great for some improv.