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Tutorial: Odd Time

Odd Time: Subdividing 5/8

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Odd Time: 7 Note Groupings Odd Time: Subdividing 7/8

Moving onto odd time signatures and how to sub divide them.

A subdivision is when you take a larger number like 5 or 7 and break it down into groups of smaller numbers that equal up to the original number when added together.

In the case of 5, two common ways to subdivide is a group of 3 and a group of 2.

Depending on which order you put these subdivisions in you will find that you have a different "feel" for each.

A good way to test this is to use two different chords for each grouping. In the video you will notice that I only used one chord, which can make it hard to hear the different subdivisions.

Those subdivisions being either 3-2 or 2-3. Counted in the following fashion:


||: 1-2-3-1-2 | 1-2-3-1-2 :||


||: 1-2-1-2-3 | 1-2-1-2-3 :||