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odd meters
It's good to see more folks beginning to enjoy odd meters. Ever since I started doing them way back even playing clean guitar and when I was doing stuff on piano, folks are beginning to slowly recognize that odd meters really have something worthwhile and perhaps looked more into.

I've visited several artists recently and have noticed that a few are beginning to make some changes by experimenting with odd meters. The standard meters are so overused and after a while everything sounds the same....basically with slight variation. With odd meters there are so many combinations if u just are creative enough.

I just uploaded a couple of tunes one called 5878 and the other ni9ner. 5878 switches back and forth between 5/8 and 7/8. Most people when they hear a 5/8 think of Dave Brubeck's Take 5. It is counted 1,2,3, 1,2. But who's to say u can't do it 1,2, 1,2,3 which gives it a slight different feel.

The other tune I do with alto sax ni9ner is a 9/8 meter. Most folks would use it as a 3+3+3, or a 6+3. I use it as 4+5. How about looking at a basic 8/8 (1,2,3,4, 1,2,3,4) slow version of a 4/4 (1,2,3,4) and making a few counting alterations to it i.e 5+3 (1,2,3,1,2, 1,2,3) or 3+5 (1,2,3, 1,2,3,1,2) or even another combination either way it still comes out as 8/8. For each combination u have a different feel and even sound faster depending on what u do with it.

Perhaps in time we can get back into the experimental levels in odd times again and start creating some unique music whether in rock, pop, hip hop or jazz.
posted by markku on Mon Jul 26, 2010 @ 12:13 PM     post a comment
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