The Trick Nobody Teaches You On Odd Time Signatures

Author: Tommaso Zillio

How do you write a song using odd time signatures?

Well, most of the advice you can find on the net boils down to: “use a lot of trial and error”

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I don’t know you, but I can’t help to feel a little disappointed.

If you want to learn harmony we have super-sophisticated theories to write any kind of music from simple pop to avant garde free jazz…

… and for rhythm we are stuck at “trial and error”?

No way!

And indeed, it turns out that there IS a lot of music theory for rhythm… but you don’t see this on YouTube.

(possibly because to find this music theory you need to dig deep into real music theory, not the bs they give you out there… but I digress)

In this video I am showing you how to make music in odd time signature “flow” better.

This works whether you are using ONE kind of time signature (like, your song is in 5/4) or if you are using MULTIPLE time signatures (like in prog rock or metal)

And you can apply it as it is… or you can reverse it to make your songs sound LESS flow-y and more choppy…

… because it’s not up to me to tell you what is RIGHT for your music. I’m just showing you how to do it.

And… you probably have never seen this before (but now that I published this video the cat’s out of the bag, and it will pop up everywhere…)

Now that you got the principle…

… see how it applies in the musical examples in this video. See how now they make complete sense?

And by all means, do not stop here. Here are more examples for you.

Once you have the principle in the first video, odd time signatures are not scary anymore:

Have fun… and don’t forget where you’ve heard this first.

About the Author

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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