Matt Byrne: Odd-Time Rock Beats

Odd-Time Rock Beats

This time we are going to touch on odd time signatures. They’re called “odd” time signatures because that’s how the rhythms seem to musicians used to the common rhythms of our culture – those with two, three, four, and six beats per measure. Music that falls in the odd-time category is usually a combination of common rhythms played in the same measure of music. For example, a seven-beat rhythm may consist of a three-beat pattern followed by a four-beat pattern. In this specific exercise, we are converting a 4/4 pattern to 7/4 by repeating the first three beats of the measure. These are some cool beats. Pretty straightforward, but they create a really cool, off-kilter feel when played smoothly.

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