What is the difference between 2/4 and 4/4 when it comes the accented beats? I have been taught that 2/4 is popular in faster music like polka. I also see some hymns written in both 4/4 and 2/4. 4/4 is strong-weak-less strong-weak. 2/4 would probably strong-weak or a bar divided into eight notes with strong-weak-less strong-weak. What do you experts say about this?
2/4 would probably strong-weak or a bar divided into eight notes with strong-weak-less strong-weak.
It’s the first one, never the second. That’s the difference. Four beats in 4/4 is strong-weak-medium-weak, and four beats in 2/4 is strong-weak-strong-weak.
One way to think of 2/4 is as a march. As in feet going left-right-left-right. So there’s a simple two beat alternating feel.