What is the difference between 4/4 and 8/8 time? 4/4 means 4 crotchets in a bar and 8/8 means 8 quavers in a bar, but 4 crotchets mean 8 quavers.

Is it just a question of notation? If so, why isn't all music X/2, since we can divide the semibreve up to sixteen times (up to the semiquaver)?


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8/8 is sometimes used for music where the 8th-note groupings are consistently not 2+2+2+2 - i.e. NOT a traditional 'four in the bar'.

There's also 2/2, for when the half-note is the main beat. In marches and show tunes notating this as 'Cut Time' is more usual.

Even, very occasionally, 1/1.enter image description here

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