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Check out the Bela Fleck and the Flecktones Christmas album. Lots of odd rhythms, but particularly the Twelve Days of Christmas. They play each day in that numbered time signature. Extremely creative. Twelve Days of Christmas


You don't have to go that far Pat Metheny: Au Lait (from the Album OFFRAMP) written by Lyle Mays Or LIVE at 8:20 min in Lean back and enjoy! Wanna know how that looks on paper... http://freejazzinstitute.com/uploads/20080521041109_Ville.pdf ...


They exist. You may not know where to look for them. Odd-time signatures (rhythms in 5, 7, 11, 13, etc.) are common in certain cultures. Odd-time signature songs and dances can be readily found in folk music from places like Greece, Bulgaria, and Turkey, and other nations in that geographic region, going back to antiquity. The use of odd-time meters and ...


I would interpret the beginning section as 9 beats of 2 quavers each arranged as alternating bars of 4/4 and 5/4. Writing it as 9/8 or 9/4 would imply three groups of three (triple time) which doesn't match the rhythm.


The term you are looking for is anacrusis, also known as a pick-up measure. This is where the piece of music begins on a partial bar and on an off-beat before a full bar of music occurs. Beyond that, off-beat phrases can be introduced later in the piece by changing to a different (often odd-time) time signature for one measure and then going back to the ...

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