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Your basic premise is incorrect. Both of the examples you describe are represented through the notation, and are not captured in the time signature. In the image below, the first bar represents your first case, and the second bar your second case. The basic point of a time signature is as an organizing principle for music, to give the music a sense of ...


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Imagine if your ruler was only marked with millimetre lines, and had no centimetre markings (or maybe even numbers on). Measuring would be pretty tough! It's often helpful to have a big unit, and a small unit. Bars can be the big unit here - it enables a conductor holding a practice session to say "let's go to bar 86" without the performers having to count ...


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Time signatures are not needed. Gregorian chant was written without time signatures. As much as they are not needed, they are extremely helpful in so many ways I struggle to think of all of them. Time signatures and measures work together, and measures are very helpful in keeping track of where one is in the music. Also, time signatures provide rhythmic ...


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6 | V ^ ^ v ^ ^ | 8 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 | 6/8 compound time can be thought of as duple meter consisting of two beats to the measure, where the dotted quarter note gets the beat. 6/8 is just a notational simplification -- if Carl Orff's time signatures had caught on we might call this time signature 2/q. (a two on top of a dotted quarter note). I consider an ...



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