i am currently writing a song, and I need to pass between a very sad sounding 4/4 time signature, to a 12/8 time signature, which is a more happy sounding time signature. I am not willing to change either part. is there any sort of transition move that i can play between them to make a passage between them more natural?

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  • yes i did .. its different – טל שחר Apr 5 '18 at 20:50
  • the parts in which the time changes are instrumental. No lyrics, and no big difference in counting. just the feel. – טל שחר Apr 5 '18 at 20:53
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    How can this question possibly be answered without reference to the music? – user48353 Apr 5 '18 at 20:58
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    If it's not about the music, what is it about? – user48353 Apr 5 '18 at 21:59

Not sure why this question has so many down-votes.

Easy, just make your quarter note equal to the new dotted quarter so the pulse remains equal.


  • thanks for reacting normally, but i still dont think it solves the problem. the two time signatures have a different feel. a one is played at a slow tempo, and sound really sad, creepy and slow, and the other is a fast, 12/8. btw, the way i think of 12/8s is like 4 quarter notes played 3 times faster. – טל שחר Apr 6 '18 at 18:06
  • This comment demonstrates pretty clearly why so many downvoted the question: without knowing the music it’s impossible to answer, as demonstrated when the OP argues against your reasonable answer by providing new info specific to the music they refuse to divulge. Furthermore, I don’t see any way that “12/8 is like 4 quarter notes played 3 times faster” is anything other than nonsense. – Pat Muchmore Apr 6 '18 at 21:51
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    @patmuchmore - yep, I see it too, now. Just thought I’d be helpful and friendly, but honest to god with this site, sometimes it takes so long to unpack questions that are so poorly worded it’s barely worth it. – jjmusicnotes Apr 7 '18 at 3:12
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    @jjmusicnotes In this sorry world, helpful and friendly is never a bad impulse. – Pat Muchmore Apr 7 '18 at 3:21
  • @patmuchmore - damn you and your positivity! :O – jjmusicnotes Apr 7 '18 at 3:25

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