In this lesson we will look at meter shifting.
Meter shifting is very similar to a metric modulation, but at the
same time, almost the exact opposite! It's all basically the same
stuff, it largely just depends on how it has been written out. With
a metric modulation you imply a second time signature over the top
of the original but never actually change time signature. With meter
shifting, often the main phrase doesn't actually change (certainly
not change speed), but how you're reading or phrasing it can be in a
2nd time signature or meter, hence the name meter shifting.
Let's use a pattern in 7..
If we wanted to put these notes into a 16th note feel, we could imply that by playing a 16th samba groove on the bass drum. That would then look like this..
Notice that the pattern lands with the first of
the 2 flams, on beat 4 of the 2nd bar - straight after 7 full beats.
And how many notes are in the phrase? 7! That's no coincidence.
Now, here comes the meter shift! If we then start playing a similar bass drum pattern based off the same 16th note counting, but play a repetitive pattern of 3, we get this..
BUT! To the listeners ears, it would now sound like the phrase has shifted entirely into 12/8 or at least 4/4 using triplets. The reason being the "pull" of the repetitive bass drum part is so strong..
Once again notice that the pattern resolves
back to a downbeat after 7 beats! No coincidence given the original
pattern is 7 notes.
At the end of the day it doesn't really matter what you call it, however you write out the above example it's going to sound the same.
|Linear Beats 1||Layered Beats 1||Expanding Rhythms - Swung|
|Linear Beats 2||Layered Beats 2||Expanding Rhythms - Straight|
|Swinging A Linear Beat||Metric Modulations||Meter Shifting Using 7's|
|Artificial Rhythms - Time Inside Time||Parallel Time Signatures||Awesome Independence Exercise|