How A Time Signature Difference Can Create A Polyrhythm: 3/4 Vs 6/8

Author: Tommaso Zillio

Do you know the difference between 6/8 and 3/4 in music?

Yes, I know, the first answer that comes to mind is: "who cares?" After all, the two time signatures are very similar, and if you write them in your DAW then the music sounds the same, no?

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So, if you think that way I don’t blame you. I blame the fact that we are doing music on computers all the time ;-)

But if we indulge in the question and we try to answer it, then we can find out that by using the difference between these two time signature we can get interesting musical effects.

In fact, musicians have been using both the differences and the similarities to create polyrhythms.

Not only that, but we are going to see together a few tricks to take ‘inject’ some groove into rhythms that per se are not particularly groovy.

All of this in this video here:

But of course there are several more things we can do with rhythm. Two more things that you can do:

  1. How to use an odd time signature in different styles (not only in progressive rock or metal):
  1. How some well-known artist have used creative rhythm structures in the choruses of their songs:


About the Author

Tommaso Zillio is a prog rock guitarist and teacher with a passion for Music Theory applied to Guitar. To know more do not forget to subscribe to his youtube channel.

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