How To FEEL The 7/8 And 7/4 Time Signatures (And Write Groovy Music With Them)

Tommaso Zillio

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Some time ago I published a video on how 5/4 is the grooviest odd-time signature.

Well, I had to eat my words. One commenter on that video pointed out a fantastic piece in 7/8 that is even groovier... I can just say 'wow'.

It does not happen often that I'm surprised in matters of music... but this hit me like a ton of bricks.

It's a pity that many musicians think that 7/8 and 7/4 are unusable time signatures for most styles (except maybe for progressive rock/metal) when in fact using them - in any style - is much easier than you think.

Also, since time signatures based on 7 are uncommon (at least for the time being...), just by using them you create distinctive music instantly and stand out from the crow of people writing in 4/4.

So, for our video series on different time signatures, this week we see all the 7-based time signatures and how to apply them in practice.

Get ready to groove to some non-standard rhythms! And if you are skeptical that 7/8 can be used in music that makes you want to dance... just watch this video and I hope it will surprise you how it did to me:

And if you liked this video on the 7/8 odd time signature, check out also the previous video in the series about the 5/4 time signature..

Featuring some extremely groovy music that has been written to 5/4, and a few of the tricks used to make it sound better:

And now that you have some ideas about rhythm, to make a great song you just need to 'dress up' the rhythm with the right chords and progressions to make it sound great.

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