Kashmir – VerseSteve Ley
Led Zeppelin's epic "Kashmir" from their Physical Graffiti album became an instant classic when it was released in 1975.
The verse sections feature a straight sounding rock beat with an extra bass drum note that trails beats 1 and 3, like an echo (see above). However, the simplicity is deceptive, as the solid two-beat-feel underpins a rhythmically persuasive triple-meter* guitar/string part (below).
Essentially John Bonham played a recurring two-beat-pattern, while the guitar/strings played a three-beat-motif. To find the best way to notate this, we need to use a time signature that fits both parts. 6/4 is the shortest measure-length to achieve this aim; accomodating two measures of 3/4, and three measures of 2/4. Singer, Robert Plant, delivered a line every 6 beats, reinforcing the 6/4 meter.
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*Duple meters contain two primary pulses per measure (eg. 2/4). Triple meters contain three pulses per measure (eg. 3/4).