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Old 04-04-2011, 07:37 AM
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Default Could someone please explain what my band is doing here?

In a song my band wrote, we have this part we play that none of us can really count. None of us are theory buffs and the part came pretty naturally, we just don't understand it. Any help would be amazing.


It's after the straight forward part following the second chorus.
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:58 PM
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Default Re: Could someone please explain what my band is doing here?

It sounds like just a variation on the Bo-Diddley beat.

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Old 04-04-2011, 08:48 PM
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Default Re: Could someone please explain what my band is doing here?

That's actually pretty interesting...

The way I counted it was....

I counted it in 8/8. So, if the rest of your song is in 4/4 (which it is), in 8/8, every eighth note would count as 1 beat. So instead of counting 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &, in 8/8 you'd count, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8.

Now, if, during that part you noted, you count in 8/8 like this, you would find that your band's pattern does something that is called going over the bar line. In essence, the pattern doesnt repeat every 1 bar, like most all music. Instead, it resolves every 2 bars. So, after the first bar, your pattern is repeated, but instead of it started on the 1 of the next bar, it starts on the and of 1. This creates some interesting tension, but then it is released once you resolve it after the 2nd bar.

I'm not sure if this makes total sense, as it's actually a pretty complicated concept, and to do it naturally is pretty rare.
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