Odd Time Signatures – More Feeling, Less Counting

2017-11-02T15:17:30+00:00March 10th, 2015|Categories: Rhythm|3 Comments

This is the first lesson dealing with my favourite topic of odd time signatures. In this lesson I’m going to show you how to develop a more natural feel for odd time using 5/4 as an example. By using a musical phrase and outlining the main accents of the bar it’s possible to feel your way through an odd time signature without the incessant counting that many people use.

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  1. Gareth March 11, 2015 at 12:52 am - Reply

    Another great lesson! These videos are really helping me break out of a rut I’ve been in with both guitar and bass for a while. I’m understanding concepts that have eluded me for ages.

    A request: Please, please, please do a video about key changes/modulations within a song. It’s one area where I still get pretty confused. It would really help those of us who feel a bit limited by the harmonized major scale and want to take our writing to the next level.

    Thanks and for god’s sake, keep these videos coming!

  2. Martin March 13, 2015 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Hi Mark, Brilliant lesson as usual. I have avoided 5/8 time in the past but now i feel confident to take it on. You have explained it so well and proven that its not as hard as i thought Thanks

  3. Photon December 2, 2016 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Can it be played at another part of the bass? Like with C on 10th fret od the D string? Or on any other finger-friendly note? My hand is getting really painful while trying to use ring and index finger to play it on low C, is that a purpose of this exercise?

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