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Thread: Metronome help....

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    Metronome help....

    Hi, in the interest of improving my timing I pick up a Boss DB-30 metronome last week. I'd like to practice some odd meter stuff (7/8, 5/8 etc...) and was wondering exactly how to go about doing this? I can set it to 8th notes, but how do I go about counting it?

    Anyone have any experience with this?

    Thanks in advance,
    Bill
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    Judging from online specs, the DB-30 can handle compound and irregular time signatures, so why not program one in and try it?

    7/8 is usually divided into 4/8 + 3/8, or vice versa, or sometimes 2+2+3.

    5/8, similarly, is usually 2+3 or vice versa.

    The difference with 7/4 and 5/4 is that you don't count the 8th notes, you still count 1/4 notes. So 8ths have to be marked something like this:
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    5/8
    1/4 NOTES/BEATS: |1  .  2  .  .  |
          8TH NOTES:  x  x  x  x  x
              COUNT: "1 and 2 and a..."
    
    1/4 NOTES/BEATS: |1  .  .  2  .  |
          8TH NOTES:  x  x  x  x  x
              COUNT: "1 and a  2 and..."
    
    7/8
    1/4 NOTES/BEATS: |1  .  2  .  3  .  . |
          8TH NOTES:  x  x  x  x  x  x  x
              COUNT: "1 and 2 and 3 and a..."
    
    1/4 NOTES/BEATS: |1  .  .  2  .  3  .  |
          8TH NOTES:  x  x  x  x  x  x  x
              COUNT: "1 and a  2 and 3 and..."
    EDIT: sorry, some of those beats marked "1/4 notes" are of course dotted quarters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonR
    Judging from online specs, the DB-30 can handle compound and irregular time signatures, so why not program one in and try it?
    Thanks for the reply, it really helps me with the counting.

    The DB-30 can do the compound and irregular stuff, but it breaks it down into 3+2, 2+3, 4+3, 3+4 etc..... They don't have anything like 3+2+2, hence my confusion as to what to use to obtain say, 7/8.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Jimmy
    Thanks for the reply, it really helps me with the counting.

    The DB-30 can do the compound and irregular stuff, but it breaks it down into 3+2, 2+3, 4+3, 3+4 etc..... They don't have anything like 3+2+2, hence my confusion as to what to use to obtain say, 7/8.
    Well, 3+4 or 4+3!
    You can still count "1-and-2-and" over the "4" section - because it's 2 pairs of 8th notes, remember, not 4 quarter notes or 4 16ths.

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    Just got home from work and gave it a try. Works like a champ! Thanks for the help.


    Bill
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