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December 12, 2017

Irregular Time Signatures

Irregular time signatures are time signatures that do not indicate duple, triple, or quadruple time…the most common being quintuple (five beats in a bar, e.g. 5/4) such as in the song ‘Take Five’ by Dave Brubeck or septuple (seven beats in a bar)…this is quite different than the normal 4/4 or 3/4 pattern of most songs…a little bit out of step and out of the ordinary…it’s not what most people are used to, therefore most people have trouble embracing it…free spirits in life often have irregular time signatures…they aren’t quite in rhythm with the rest of the world…and that’s ok…the old saying is if one marches out of step, perhaps he hears his own tune…or something like that follows the path of Tao often marches to their own tune, their own time…and sometimes people don’t understand…but just because they don’t understand doesn’t make you the confused one.