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In Printed Music In typeset music, time signatures are usually not written with a line between the numerator and denominator (at least no more of a line than is already there). In Text However, when writing text about music, it is an acceptable convention to use a slash to separate the numerator and denominator. See A Style and Usage Guide to Writing ...
Yes. In the treble clef it's called the B line, whilst in the bass clef it's the D line. In alto and tenor it's different... Aw, c'mon, it's nearly Christmas. I'm working from the heading question!
In short, no. That slash is just a shorthand for typing; that's not how time signatures are typically notated. Some purists would even say that 4/4 is not a valid way to notate a time signature, because it implies equivalence between key signatures that represent the same fractional value. However, this notation has become somewhat accepted in print ...
You might want to check out David Temperly's work: http://theory.esm.rochester.edu/rock_corpus/ He's been doing corpus studies on reasonably large samples of pop-rock music, and has published on it as well.
There are a few ways of doing this. Two bars of 6/8 plus one of 2/4 (or 4/8, depending on whether the "four-ness" is really evident) would actually be the most common way, or you could do it as a bar of 12/8 followed by one of 2/4. Either way, an explicit "♪=♪" tempo marking over the first change of meter would probably be a good idea. I would tend to use ...
You could write this time signature as an additive meter: (12+4)/8 or (12+4)/16 However, you might as well simply write it as 4/4 and use accent markers (>) to indicate accents.
I's called a solidus. Less formally (like in ASCII character names), it is a (forward) slash. But the name is not all that important since it is not an actual part of the notation but only occurs when you are writing about it. Incidentally, the notation program LilyPond accepts \time 4/4 for writing the time signature for, well, 4/4.
The simplest way to derive which beats are stressed in a given time signature is to look at how the notes are beamed or agogically accented. For example, 6/8 is typically divided in a 3+3/8 grouping (as noted in other answers), however, it could also be grouped 2+4/8, 1+5/8, 4+2/8, and 5+1/8 for example. Each of these different divisions stresses a ...
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