Irrational Time Signatures Question
Hi all. I'm currently writing a softer rock piece in which at the end of the chorus, the drums do this fill. The fill is at an eighth note triplet speed, however, there are 13 triplets in the fill. Immediately after the fill, there is a cymbal crash on 1, and the next measure, you're back into the verse. See the screenshot below for what it would look like, without the missing thirteenth triplet. So, Musescore, how would i accomplish this time signature?
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I don't see any triplet, so surely not 13 of them. I do see 2 6-lets, but just using 12 8th instead in a regular 4/4 measure should fit too? Or using an 13-let, if you really want 13 8th? Or a 6-let and a 7-let?
In reply to I don't see any triple, so… by Jojo-Schmitz
I'm sorry for the error. I had septuplets down because it looked "cleaner" but what i meant would be something like this. (Again, with an additional triplet in the bar).
Why does it have to be in 13/12? Why not 13/8 with an instruction to play a dotted quarter note in the same time as the preceding quarter note? I know that irrational time signatures exist but I struggle to understand them most of the time.
In reply to Why does it have to be in 13… by underquark
No real reason, but then that would basically be changing the tempo for one bar of 13/8 and then normal tempo in 4/4.
Do you intend to place 13 notes into the current space, or add one triplet partial into the measure? In other words, are you looking to cram more notes in, or tag one on the end?
In reply to Do you intend to place 13… by osubuki02
Add one triplet at the end. So there would be 13 eighth note triplets in that bar.
Here's a solution for you: use 13/8 labeled as 13/12. Use a tempo change from [q = tempo] to [dotted q = tempo] and hide the changes. Add a "3" with some staff text above the eighth notes and beam them as triplets. This way, the performer will understand the triplet feel without actually worrying about a tempo change, and the time signature is still 13/12 as intended. (Attached is a rough approximation)
In reply to Here's a solution for you:… by osubuki02
I never thought of that! Thanks for the idea.
In reply to I never thought of that!… by Senseimaster583
I would love to hear the song! Mixed meter, soft rock and irrational time signatures are all so cool.