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Stan, I think you might be off to a false start. Here's something with a bit of built-in contrast to contemplate. Here's a question that illustrates another aspect of what I'm getting at: What do four vertical dots mean? In the former case, how would you notate the meter for the vocal parts? Please note that meter wasn't ...


For some melodies, decisions about where to place the barlines are arbitrary. For some, though, the number of beats per measure give you the basic pattern of stressed and unstressed notes. Suppose you sing me a tune that has a feeling of Strong weak Strong weak etc. -- I am likely to notate it with two beats per measure (2/4 or 2/2 or cut-time). If you ...

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