I've seen the strong and weak beats written S-W-s-w in 4/4 time. This means strongest - weak - strong - the weakest. The distinction between the strengths of weak beats seems to be characteristic of this notation.

So what about in 2/4, 3/4 or 8/6 time? I thought of possibilities like S-W, S-W-w, S-W-W-s-W-w, but I don't know which one is the correct answer. I'm not even sure if the strongest and weakest are exactly one. Can we give each weak beat a weak degree in other beats?


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First, a comment that all these may change in various ways.

4/4 S-w-s-w 2/4 S-w 3/4 S-w-W (at least for waltzes) (also 3/8 or 3/16) 6/8 S-w-w-s-w-w (really 2/4 with triplets)

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