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Posted by Dan on August 14, 2000 at 14:29:41:

In Reply to: odd meters posted by greg on August 14, 2000 at 12:03:16:

: Just started playing in a Finnish folk music group, and there are some odd meters
: involved, and I need a little help.

: When figuring these out, I am counting the smallest subdivision I can feel.
: So on one tune, I am feeling eigth notes and counting
: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8, and in anoither part of the tune
: I am feeling, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9. Which to me feels like
: 8/8 and 9/8 respectively.

: I know it is hard without hearing the tune, but is this even close to being a
: good way for dealign with odd meters? Also, is there a differecen between one
: measure of 8/8 and two measure of 4/4?

: Any good materials or tunes to listen to for coping with odd meters?

Going for the smallest subdivisions possible in an odd-meter bar is tricky. If you're counting from 1 to 9 over and over again, it can be easy to lose the beat. Try subdividing it into groups of 2 and 3, depending on where the accents in the music fall. For instance, a bar of 9/8 could be counted as
1-2-3/1-2-3/1-2-3 or 1-2/1-2/1-2/1-2-3 or 1-2/1-2/1-2-3/1-2 and so on. Figure out which one matches up with the tune best and practice repeating the count.

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