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Whereas most modern music is built on a 4/4 meter (however accented or syncopated), MATH DRUMMING places focus on non-standard time signatures such as 7/8, 11/8, or 13/8:

Fractional time signatures containing a partial beat-such as ¼, ½, ⅔, or ¾ (or their decimal equivalents)-are typically used as a tool for "flipping" the beat in the following measure:

MATH DRUMMING may also feature polyrhythms or constantly changing meters based on various groupings of 2 and 3:

Counting is extremely important in MATH DRUMMING. Grids are often used as a supplemental warm up for developing accuracy and fluidity:

These rhythmic complexities, seen as mathematical in character by many listeners and critics, are what give MATH DRUMMING its name!