Metric Modulation

Posted: December 22, 2010 11:59 AM

Andy Doerschuk_1

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It’s always impressive to watch a drummer who has a solid command of metric modulation, but is it really a practical tool? It seems to me that the only place it can be applied is during a drum solo or clinic, and even then, I would bet more than half of the audience loses track of the pulse as the mathematical computations begin piling one one top of the other. Any opinions out there?

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Posted: December 23, 2010 07:34 AM

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I remember trying to switch it up with a new song my band was working on a few months back.  The guitarist looked at me like I was nuts & never switched over, even after explaining it to him.  The bass player kept quiet.  I think he understood, but didn’t want to work hard enough for us to get it.

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Posted: December 27, 2010 03:41 PM

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Forgive me, but I have never heard of metric modulation. Could someone please explain what that is?

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Posted: December 27, 2010 10:31 PM

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The most basic explanation is that metric modulation creates the illusion of tempo change when the pulse actually remains constant. Wikipedia has a good definition for metric modulation here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metric_modulation

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Posted: December 30, 2010 10:24 PM

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that sounds so badass!  explain an example for me Andy!!!