When talking about the amount of time it takes to get from one point in time to another, it is commonly accepted that the first four bars of the bar should be 4 seconds apart.
But that can be simplified a bit if we define time to be the total time from the onset of one bar to the onset of the next bar, or 3.5 seconds in this case. That’s the amount of time it would take from the first to the last 4th bar.
What’s important is not only that it takes 4 seconds to get from point 1 to point 2, it takes the same amount of time to get from point 4 to point 5.
It also follows that 4, 4.5 and 4.5.5 = 1.5.
That’s not a bad figure to remember since the sum of a number with no trailing zero is 1, and when you add a number with trailing zero, your resulting number becomes 4.5, 4.5.3 and so on.
To find the approximate time-to-first-clearance for the entire bar:
To answer this we use the following formula:
So, for example, the second bar of “My Love” is 4, 4.5 and 4, 4.5.2, but the top three (4, 5 and 5.5) of “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” are 4, 4, 4.5.5. So the time from the first bar to the last bar is 4½ seconds long, which is 4.5 seconds shorter than the time used in this exercise.
It is worth noting that this is not an exact rule, since there are times when one or more bars need to clear before the interval between them is over or before the last bar is reached. Those times are described in this section.
How Long Does It Take to Clear a 5-Bar Break?
The amount of time required to clear a 5-bar break is the average of the times you need to clear a given interval between two bars. We are using this calculation to calculate how long it would take to clear 5 bars for the entire bar.
To solve the equation we need two variables, A and B.
A and B are simply the number of bars that you want to play. In the following we assume the interval is 6,5. Therefore, the time to clear the remaining bars is 3.5 seconds.