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In the context of Baroque dance music or suites, then there are good reasons to use 3/8 in preference of 3/4 (or vice versa). In the days before metronomes, how the music was notated would be an indication of performance speed. The notation would also be specific to a particular dance. I have borrowed diagrams from Jan van Biezen, who has written ...


It's not so unusual to have time signature changes back and forth in several different kinds of music, and writing in the time signature at the beginnin of a new measure when it changes is the only way I've ever seen it notated. For example, both The Ocean by Led Zeppelin and March of Pigs by Nine Inch Nails go back and forth between 7/8 and 4/4 and are ...


In a musical score bars begin to be counted at 1, there is no "measure 0". The first note of a piece is said to be in beat 1 of measure 1 (well, not when you have anacrusis, but that's not the issue here). So if you wish to have consistency with the music notation convention I would say your friend is right, but you should change the caption to "Tapping bar ...


My answer is that it has to do with feel. I heard a concert where the conductor changed from 4/4 to 3/8 quietly he counted "one and two" that implies 3/8 eighths while a 3/4 has : one and two and three and, from this you feel the difference, and the difference is quite big.

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