How do you count 7/4?

AtomicFlapjack

Senior Member
So, how do you personally count when playing 7/4? Do you split it into subdivisions, 3-4, 4-3, 2-2-3? Is there a way it is 'supposed' to be counted? I find, unless there are specific accents, I like to count 1&2&3&4&5&6&7, using the sevens two syllables as the 7 and the and, se-ven.

Talk away.
 

DrumEatDrum

Platinum Member
I learned from an old Rod Morgenstein video to be careful, because the world "seven" is two syllables, and it's easy to accidentally to say "sev-en" as two counts.

He suggested you only say "sev" when counting in seven.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, sev

Sometimes I do that.
Sometimes I just count 1,2,3,4,5,6,7.

It depends on the tempo, and as you noted, if there is a specific accent pattern, it's easier to follow that.
 
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mediocrefunkybeat

Guest
Never had a problem just counting as 'Seven'. I only sub-divide if there are phrasing issues - listen to 'Golden Brown' by The Stranglers for a great example of interesting 7/4 phrasing!
 

Duckenheimer

Senior Member
I play a couple of pieces in seven at the moment, one is 4 + 3 and the other is at faster tempo I find it easier to count 1&2&3&4 (no "&" after the 4)
 

brady

Platinum Member
I learned from an old Rod Morgenstein video to be careful, because the world "seven" is two syllables, and it's easy to accidentally to say "sev-en" as two counts.

He suggested you only say "sev" when counting in seven.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, sev
Carmine Appice recommended that too in Realistic Rock.

It's the easiest way to count it.
 

droveto

Senior Member
7/4, 1 & 2 & 3 & 4, 1 & 2 & 3 & 4, 1...
7/8, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 (seven pronounced sev to keep to one syllable)
 

daredrummer

Gold Member
Just 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,

Add ands if you're playing eighth notes, e, and, a for sixteenths.
 
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Pass.of.E.r.a.

Gold Member
I always count it as 1, 2, 3, 1- 1, 2, 3, 1 - 1, where the 1 just after the 3 is implied as half a note.

Here's how it'd line up with the full 7 counts

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1....2...3....1-1....2....3....1-

Hopefully that makes sense. If not on a roland drum module set the time sig to 7/4 and the rate to quarter notes.

-Jonathan

Edit, for the rare occasion where I actually go up to 7, I just say it in french (sept)
 
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