4/4 To Compound Time 7/8 In An 'A A A B' Structure

Expand your ideas for short phrases by throwing in some compound time 7/8.

This lesson will continue to develop your ability to change time signature within a four bar phrase and will expand on the previous 4/4 - 7/8 phrasing exercise by using compound time rather than simple time for the bar of 7/8.

The aim of these exercises is to get you comfortable with changing both the time signature and the 'feel' part way through a piece. The switch from simple to compound can be a bit tricky so don't be afraid to slow the extracts right down. A good tip is to latch onto the eighth note count as this will remain consistant in timing through both time signatures. These exercises are very useful generally as both of these changes are common across all styles of music. If you are interested in playing metal or progressive music (prog. rock / prog. metal etc..) it is almost a standard feature.

The structure for this exercise will be the same as the previous exercise and looks like this:

A four bar phrase using 7/8 for the 'B' section.

Written below are ten examples of parts you could play for this structured pattern. I have tried to use a wide variety of ideas for both sections. Remeber to repeat each phrases several times over as you need to be able to swith both into and out of the new time signature without any breaks.


Example 1

A four bar phrase using 4/4 and compound 7/8.

Example 2

A four bar phrase using 4/4 and compound 7/8.

Example 3

A four bar phrase using 4/4 and compound 7/8.

Example 4

A four bar phrase using 4/4 and compound 7/8.

Example 5

A four bar phrase using 4/4 and compound 7/8.

Example 6

A four bar phrase using 4/4 and compound 7/8.

Example 7

A four bar phrase using 4/4 and compound 7/8.

Example 8

A four bar phrase using 4/4 and compound 7/8.

Example 9

A four bar phrase using 4/4 and compound 7/8.

Example 10

A four bar phrase using 4/4 and compound 7/8.

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get all phrases up to a tempo of at least 130bpm.
  2. Create your own versions of these patterns.