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The 7/4 Time Signature
Understanding Time Signatures • 3m 24s
7/4 is very much like 5/4 in that it requires a bit of subdivision to get the hang of. One of the simplest ways to make the listener feel at home in an irregular time signature is to really emphasize the downbeat. One way you can do this is by keeping sustained notes at the front of the bar, while adding a bit of motion at the end, which is demonstrated in this lesson from the guitar master Steve Vai’s awesome composition, Die to Live.
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