Music production: a seven beat rhythm pattern
It’s not only prog-rockers who use rhythms that differ from the usual four-four time that underpins nearly all mainstream western music. Music from all over the world uses different time signatures and one way for some of us European musicians to break free from predictability in our music might be to explore some of these in our compositions.
Here is a seven beat Arabic rhythm called Dawr Hindi. Dawr means a cycle or turn and Hindi means Indian.
This would be played on a frame drum or a goblet drum in Arabic music. The D (Dum) = a bass note, usually near the centre of the drum skin. The T (Tak) = a higher note, usually played at the edge of the drum skin.
You can, of course, programme this up in your sampler using hand drum samples. Or actually play it. However, most of you will be making some kind of electronica, so use a set of drum kit samples appropriate to your music and treat the Dum as a kick drum hit and the Tak as a snare drum hit. Add hats or a shaker, add some variations at the end of four, eight or sixteen bar sections and you have a groove to build a track on.
Here are three examples from our own releases that used this rhythm. They are all different and should give you some idea of how a seven beat groove works.