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View Poll Results: Which time signature is your favorite to play?
basic 4/4 2 12.50%
3/4 1 6.25%
5/4 1 6.25%
7/8 4 25.00%
9/8 0 0%
12/8 1 6.25%
crazy stuff- 59/48, 87/8 1 6.25%
I like a few 2 12.50%
I like them all! 4 25.00%
None of these 0 0%
Voters: 16. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-14-2010, 12:09 AM
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Question time signatures


Not really a great idea for a poll, but I just wanted to make one

So which one is your favorite to play in and why?
Most drummers/musicians in general probably, are used to 4/4 because it is the easiest and first to be learned. Most odd signatures are not difficult, it just takes time to get some of them in your head... 11/8 is a bit tricky for me, 15/8 is fun, but also annoying.
7/8 has got to be one of my favorites.
Maybe you like something ridiculous like 59/48.

Does anybody know about time signatures like 3⅔/4 ?
Ever think about odd denominator time signatures? Like 4/5? It can be done... Irrational meters are crazy. We could get into polyrhythms, too.
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5/4, love that jazz.
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Re: time signatures


Dude, I love EVERY TIME SIGNATURE(:

Especially anything perfectly ridiculous...with ridiculously ridiculous rhythms.
Yeeeeah boooyyee.
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Re: time signatures


I love odd signatures, and just for a twist try to smooth them out with a half time pulse on the hat or ride. Jump on the youtube and search for Gavin Harrison playing "Sound of Muzak" to see what I mean.
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And we thought Muzak was only played in elevators and dental offices.
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That is a pretty cool song. I need to get some of that band. I have heard of them and listened to some of their music, but have never really gotten into them.
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Re: time signatures


Just found this again. BUMP. Maybe it will get more than a few votes this round...
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Hi, Im sorry to ask but Im a newbie. What is signature? You guys can explain it for me plz?
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Hi, Im sorry to ask but Im a newbie. What is signature? You guys can explain it for me plz?
Simply, the Time Signature tells a musician how many beats there are in a measure and the value of the note that get the beat. For instance, the most common Time Signature is 4/4 time - 4 beats per measure and the quarter note gets the beat.

3/4 timing = three beats per measure and the quarter note gets the beat.

Basic Values of Notes: Whole | Half | Quarter | Eighth | Sixteenth | Thirty-Second | Sixty-Fourth
Notice each step down is a subdivision by one-half: Whole - 2 Half Notes, Half = 2 Quarter Notes, Quarter = 2 Eighths, and so on.

So, VDrum, here is your quiz (the same one I give to my beginner students): In 2/2 time, how many beats are in the measure and what note get the beat?

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First of all, thank drumtech for helping me out. My answer is 2 and a half notes per measure. I now understand what time signature means and how to count but I just dont know how to play it with drum because you have to use both hands! Could you plz explain more about playing with drum? Ill appreciate that!
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