I'm trying to transcribe a pop song.

I'm fairly sure that the time signature is 2/4 since it has a ONE two ONE two, feel like a march.

My problem is that it's a fast song and contains so many 32th notes that it's difficult to read.

Is there any equivalency to 2/4 that I can use to make the score easier to read?

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    If it's a pop song it's likely in 4/4 since basically every pop song ever is in 4/4 but I guess one could argue that 2/4 is almost the same thing. Regardless, nonpop's answer is correct but the same thing is achieved by writing in 2/2, switching it to 2/4, and then saying the tempo is twice as fast. I don't see any reason it couldn't be moved to 4/4 either. The time signature is a matter of convenience, literally any of them could be used.
    – Tony
    Jan 28, 2013 at 19:10
  • Yes. ONE two ONE two in a pop song is 4/4. The primary thing you can do to make a score easier to read is put it in common time, unless it simply cannot be written in common time. Feb 4, 2016 at 18:07

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How about 2/2 (alla breve)? This also goes in two, but the pulse is a half-note so you can write your 32nds as 16ths, which should be readable. Nowadays alla breve is also usually associated with a quick tempo so to an experienced musician it should look right.

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