Confused by time signatures?



Asked by: Jamie Jetton

How do you read weird time signatures?





So here when I see four four it's telling me I have four quarter notes alright that bottom number that four means quarter if I had an eight down there it would mean for eighth notes.

What are weird time signatures called?

odd time signature

An odd time signature, sometimes known as an irregular, complex, asymmetric or unusual time signature, is any time signature doesn’t fit into the three categories of regular time signatures: What is this? These categories of regualr time signatures all have equal beats in a bar.

What are the 4 types of time signatures?

Simple: The most common types of simple time signatures are 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, and 2/2. Sometimes the letter “C” (meaning common time) will be used in place of 4/4.

What does unusual time signatures mean?





Irregular or odd time signatures are the ones that can not be evenly divided into groups of two or three like time signatures with 2, 3, 4, or 6 as the top number.

Why is 4/4 time signature so popular?

As you know by now, 4/4 is by far the most popular time signature in the world. With four steady beats in each measure, it provides for a very stable rhythm. The top number in the time signature is easily divisible by two, which is what makes it feel “even.” This is also true for time signatures like 2/4, 2/2, or 12/8.

Why is 4/4 music so popular?

Historical cultures that lead up to modern western commercial music very could have had similar external factors shaping them, leading to 4/4 time being predominant. This is so obviously the best answer to the question. It doesn’t need support with citations, it’s pure common sense!

What song has the weirdest time signature?

Odd Time Signature Examples & The Musicians Who Love Them

  • The 7 Best Songs With Unique Time Signatures. …
  • Rush – Tom Sawyer (⅞ time) …
  • Pink Floyd – Money (7/4 time) …
  • The Beatles – Happiness Is a Warm Gun (4/4, 5/5, 9/8, 10/8, and on and on) …
  • Outkast – Hey Ya! …
  • Radiohead – 15 step (5/4 Time) …
  • MGMT – Electric Feel (6/4 time)

What time signature is black dog in?

This song has a 9/8 intro with some varying hi-hat openings to allow the groove to breathe. At the chorus, the song changes to a much more comfortable 4/4 groove for three measures before reprising a measure of 9/8.



What is the time signature of Zum Gali Gali?

Zum Gali Gali is a moody song by The Holiday Ensemble with a tempo of 128 BPM. It can also be used half-time at 64 BPM or double-time at 256 BPM. The track runs 1 minute and 27 seconds long with a A key and a minor mode. It has high energy and is somewhat danceable with a time signature of 4 beats per bar.

Can a song have multiple time signatures?

Indeed you can play more than one time signature at a time – it’s called a polymetric rhythm. Some bands make a career out of doing just that, like one of my all-time faves Meshuggah.

How do you tell time signature by ear?

If the count is even, divide it in two until you get to an odd number or 4. For example, if you hear “thump, hit, hit, thump, hit, thump, hit” repeated, the song is in 7/4 time (grouped into 3/4 + 4/4). If you hear “thump, thump, hit, thump, hit, hit” repeated – a count of six – the song is in 3/4 time.



Why are polyrhythms used?

The rhythmic tension and release found in polyrhythms makes them danceable, aurally interesting, and more expressive than your typical four-on-the-floor rhythm. In Western music, the typical rhythm has a marked emphasis on beat one, and every other beat in the bar is considered a secondary beat.