So a bar's duration is measured in beats. A bar's duration can be represented using the whole note, so bar duration in beats is a whole note.
Isn't a 3/2 measure just spilling over? 3 half notes is equal to a bar and a half. What's the explanation?
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A bar's duration can be represented using the whole note
No, not always! This is the incorrect assumption you're making.
A bar's 'duration' depends on the time signature. So, in a standard 4/4 bar, the bar is 4 quarter notes long. (4 * 1/4...see where this is going?)
Alternatively, in a 3/2 bar, the bar is 3 half notes long, or 3 * 1/2!
So, whilst a full 4/4 bar would look like this:
A full 3/2 bar would look more like this:
Or alternatively, could be filled with a single, dotted whole note.
A whole note takes up a full measure in 16/16, 8/8, 4/4, and 2/2 time only. A whole note has the value of 4 quarter notes or 2 half notes. Since how common 4/4 time is (it is even also referred to as common time) it makes sense that the notes name line up with the use in 4/4.
In 3/2 the whole measure is represented by a dotted whole note (i.e. a whole note plus a half note) as seen below.
There are notes bigger then a whole note for example there is a double whole note that has the value of 8 quarter notes. This note would be used to fill a full measure in 4/2 as shown below.
The US terms whole note, half note, quarter note, eighth note, sixteenth note, etc have some obvious advantages over the UK terms: semibreve, minim, crotchet, quaver, semiquaver, etc but they make most sense only in 4/4 time or maybe also 2/2. In 3/4 or 6/8, the whole note is too big for a single measure. In 5/4 and 6/4, it is not big enough.
The relative lengths of the notes are still indicated by their names but the "whole" becomes misleading beyond 4/4 and 2/2.
As Bob says above, there is a special rule that a whole measure rest may be indicated by a whole note rest but only applies to rests.
3/2 is a "simple triple time signature"simple means every beat is made up of 2 beats or each of these beats can be broken into two beats and triple because of containing 3 half notes in a measure, meaning there are 3 half or minim notes in a measure. That means all the notes in each measure must add up to 3 half notes, not more than or less than that. Any combination of notes can be used as long as they add up to 3 half notes, such as; one half note, two quarter notes,two eighth notes and one quarter note rest or so on.
In time signatures with 4 as the bottom number, such as 4/4 , 3/4 etc. time, the half note is two beats long. However, when 2 is used as the bottom number a minim is 1 beat long.As we know top number in a time signature says how many beats are to be contained in each bar that is 3 and bottom number the note denomination,which represents one beat that is the minim or half-note.So 3/2 can be interpreted as three minim beats per bar and must be counted as 1 2 3 but will never be counted as 1 (2) 3 (4) 5 (6) because each half note gets 1 beat here.
You are all wrong! ok.. so 3/2 time signature means that there are 3 GROUPS of 2 Count notes otherwise known as minims. Okay so this means:
Never less than 2 counts never more. It is simple 3 Groups with each group with 2 count rests. Can be as many different notes but they HAVE to equal 2 counts.
Example: You can have in Group 1: a minim In group 2: 2 half rests and a crotchet In group 3: 2 crotchets
and continue on! This is the correct way. I am a grade 4 in Piano theory and a Grade 7 in Piano Prac.