lots of things to reply to.
Well Jay, that 1231234 is 7/8.
In simple words
4/4 means 4 quarter notes in one bar
3/4 means 3 quarter notes in one bar
6/8 means 6 eighth notes in one bar
7/8 means 7 eighth notes in one bar
now why i said i cant explain it on paper, is because u need to understand this quarter note / eighth note thing etc. the idea was not to teach you to READ COUNTING, but to get you to count BARS. to get a basic feel of the song.
Some songs as examples
or popularly called WALTZ
Jeena Yahaan Marna Yahaan
Main Shayar To Nahi
Kuch Na Kaho (1942..)
Tumse Milke (Parinda)
Basic simple rhythm, where you count / 1 2 3 4 / 1 2 3 4 / .....
(slow) Jab Koi Baat Bigad Jaaye
(slow) Yeh Shaam Mastani
(slow) Sama Hai Suhana
(slow) Dhoom Macha De
(fast) Ek Hasina Thhi (Karz)
(fast) Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe
-now this beat is generally associated to the marching sound that goes
bom-bap bom-bap bom-bap bom-bap
Also termed as indian rock 'n roll
Example songs like
Mera Naam Chin Chin Chhoo
Ina Mina ***a
Khambe Jaisi Khadi Hai
Hai Apna Dil To Awara
Main Hoon Jhumroo
This in Hindi Songs is all the GOA kind of songs created by R. D> Burman and Bappi Lahiri, Of course Shanker Jaikishan and the older dudes also used this beat very often
Bach Ke Rehna Re Baba (Pukaar)
Jahan Teri Yeh Nazar Hai (Kaalia)
Bombay Se Aaaya Mera Dost (Aap ke Khatir)
old - Ramayya Vasta Vaiiyya
old - Dil Ka Haal Sune Dilwala
old - Govinda Aala Re
Mach Gaya Shor
The basic BLUES rhythm structure
Pukarta Chala Hoom Mai
Inteha Ho Gayi
Ik Ladki Bheeghi Bhaagi Si
Nasha Yeh Pyar Ka Nasha Hai (Mann - aamir khan)
the 7/8 beat in indian classical and in western differs in style.
Indian classical counts 1231234
Westerners count 1234123
Because of which the beat FEEL changes drastically
Tere Mere Milan Ki Yeh Raina
Teri Bindiya Re
Megha Chhaye Aadhi Raat (the song parts are in 7/8 and music is 4/4)
The most complicated among the ones mentioned here
Very few songs in Hindi use the 5/8 pattern
Aansoo Bhare Hain - Old Mukesh Song
Allah Tero Naam
Aankhon Mein Kya
- From Khamoshi with Salman Khan)
- Jatin Lalit have made Kumar Sanu sing a very tough song indeed
The song is in 5/8 and the music in one part changes to WALTZ
Listen to it!!!!!
Apart from this there are extremely complicated time measures
If you listen to the private album DIL PADOSI HAI
by Asha Bhosle, RD BURMAN, and GULZAR
there is a song called Jhhootthe Tere Nain
its in SAADE TERAH MAATRA
YOU JUST WONT BE ABLE TO COUNT!!!
I bet on 25 ATTEMPTS!!!!!