Music With 15 Beats, And How To Write Your Own

Author: Tommaso Zillio

"Writing music in 15/8? Only for prog metal players!" If you think this way, well, maybe you are right maybe you are not.

It is true that so far most of the 15-based time signatures have been used by prog players. So there’s that.

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At the same time, music written in a 15-based time signature does not necessarily have to sound ‘proggy’. We are going to see a few examples in the video below.

And in fact music based on a cycle of 15 beats does not even have to be written in 18/8 or 15/4 necessarily: sometimes songwriters prefer to use other notations… which means that sometimes you have a piece that sounds in 15/4 but is not written in 15/4.

Confused yet? ;)

But it does not have to be hard. In the video below we’ll see together how you can write music based on 15 beats (however notated). Come and learn how to make your drummer antsy ;-)

Of course, there’s more to know about odd-time signatures. Whether you liked the 15-based music on the video above, another one (and probably groovier) time signature is 7/8.

Surprisingly, you will find that there is lot of music written in 7/8 that makes you feel like you want to dance:

And then there is the classic super-groovy odd-time signature, the 5/4. If you like heist movies, you will recognize the theme of Mission:Impossible:


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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