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OK, first lets address the most basic part of your question - There is a mathematical difference between 4/4 and 12/8. So no you cannot treat it as 4/4. You could treat it as 3/2, but I'll get to that in a bit. I'm thinking (hoping) you actually know this but mis-communicated. For those who don't understand the math of music, the time signature is ...


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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.


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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!


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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 ...


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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 ...


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For popular music, you can determine the time signature by listening to the rhythm section, especially the drum kit and bass. These two instruments typically carry the musical pulse. You can figure out the time signature’s note value (lower number) by listening to the subdivisions of the pulse, and you can figure out the time signature’s note count (upper ...


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I wish in all my years studying music in grade school and High School I had this kind of explanation. I was always given the explanation that 3/4 time means, three quarter notes per bar also known as a measure. And it means that a a quarter note is one beat. All through my amateur musical career I thought, UH..SO What ? As with most aspiring young ...


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late to the party: Let me elaborate on my humorous comment, which was "I like to be in America; OK by me in America; everything free in America; for a small fee in America! (If that makes no sense, go look up the sheet music for West Side Story)" This song maintains a steady eighth-note speed, but switches often between a 6/8 rhythm ("I like to be in A-") ...


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When the music is a long string of eighth notes, 3/4 is 3 groups of 2; 6/8 is two groups of 3: 3/4: [e e] [e e] [e e] 6/8: [e e e] [e e e] and the first note in each group is (usually) slightly accented relative to the others, and of course ,the first note of the measure is (usually) more strongly accented.


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They are very different. In 3/4 you are playing in threes: [ONE two three] [ONE two three] [ONE two three]. In 6/8 you are playing twos [[ONE two three] [Four five six]] [[ONE two three] [Four five six]] Hard to illustrate but in 6/8 the underlying pattern is 1-2-1-2-1-2 where the 1 occurs on the first quaver and the 2 on the fourth. If you were playing a ...


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Three 200g cakes weigh the same as six 100g cakes, but if they were put on a plate in front of you, you'd see them as different eating experiences. It's the same with 3/4 versus 6/8. 3/4 feels like three beats in each bar. In 6/8 you feel the pulse of 6 shorter beats to every bar.


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Time signatures look like fractions, but are not really. I grew up on crotchets and quavers, so I'll use those words, but the American/German number-names drop naturally out of the time signatures. 3/4 does not mean "3 divided by 4", it means 3 times 1/4, or 3 beats of a crotchet. So the piece is "in 3". In all traditional notation (Beethoven, Mozart, et ...



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