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Wikipedia entries on Tempo and Meter are informative on this topic. A short answer is that tempo specifies the speed of playing, meter specifies how a score is logically divided into measures (bars) and beats, and that there are rules about how they interrelate but these rules have a bit of fuzziness: For simple meters, the lower number of the time ...


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Instead of trying to cover up timing errors with extra notes, you may be better off stopping, listening, and re-starting. In those extra notes, you're just as likely to get out of time again. 4/4, 3/4, 6/8 will all come down, in the end, to being capable of providing this 'passage', but it's like a pill to cover up the symptoms - it doesn't solve the problem ...


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Let's take a simple music sheet: As you can see, the time signature is given, and it's 4/4. That means every measure has 4 beats of quarters. I assume you know about the duration of the notes. Every measure/bar in the music sheet is defined by the vertical lines you can see in the image above. Between every two vertical lines, you must have notes whose ...


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When you say, "if I'm given a song", I assume you do NOT mean that you have sheet music. Is someone humming? Are you hearing a song on the radio? You can usually find the measures and the time signature by listening carefully for the 1-beats. The 1-beats are the beginnings of musical phrases within the structure of a song. For example, if you're ...


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I think I know what you're getting at. First, a "musical passage" is just any group of notes that are organized into a single idea. It doesn't have anything to do with being on the beat or not. However... If you've lost the beat, you can stop playing, get back onto the beat, and start back in again while everyone snickers at you. Or, you can play a ...


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From your question, it seems you are totally confused about what to make, what instruments to use. I assume you are using virtual instruments for scratches, synths, bass and all other things. I will tell you an alternate (reverse) method for making a song. Some people use it, but I won't recommend you using it forever. Now you have a tune in mind, put some ...


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This is either compositional wanking or a composer having a joke at literalists' expense. Since any metronome (or human) can only approximate any time period to some precision, the beat will always be a rational part of a second. For that matter, the repeatability of the beat will only be exact to some rational limit. So claiming you want the beat to be, ...


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Depends on the genre IMO. Swing, for example, is mostly 12/8, and I can't think of a boogie woogie title that isn't. Rock music became increasingly 4/4 after the 50's, but there were lots of 50's titles that are in 12/8 (Blueberry Hill and That'll be the Day are a couple of well-known examples.) Most blues music is in 12/8 as well, especially earlier ...


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I would say that the specific name is "experimental." My feeling is that it comes from the school of thought that attempts to turn the back on musical tradition and come up with something new. There's a certain arrogance to it in my opinion (famously, Schönberg said upon coming up with his rather superficial tone-row concept that he had assured the ...


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Wow, what a great question! Sorry, I don't know of a specific name for this kind of time signature. Judging whether this is a useful time signature is almost a philosophical question. If the main function of a time signature is to provide performance information to the performer, then no, this isn't very useful. But, a time signature can also be used to ...


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Writing a piece in 3/8 rather than 3/4 gives the impression that it's played faster. It's snake-oil. With a proper tempo sign there should be no confusion. There are versions out there in 3/8. 3/4 and 6/4.The difference , as noted, is that the note values are shorter in 3/8,making it slightly more difficult to read, maybe, as semiquavers are on the menu.It ...



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