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Do time signatures make sense? [duplicate]

Most people have probably thought at one time or another, why isn't 4/4 time the same as say 8/8 time or 2/2 time? (Anyone who knows about reducing fractions can attest to that). I think time ...
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Choice of 3/2 or 6/4 time signature [duplicate]

Newbie question! The time signature for this tune is 3/2 but could it just as correctly be marked as 6/4? What criteria would you use to decide between the two or is there no difference? http://...
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What is the difference between C major and C Ionian?

To my understanding, C major is the same as C Ionian, because both consist of the notes C, D, E, F, G, A, B, (C) in this order. Contrast this with D Dorian, which consists of the same notes, but in ...
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Do you need anything beside the BPM and number of beats per measure to specify a rhythm?

Again I do some calculations to put clarity in my question Say BPM = 120 so beat time is 0.5 seconds Now in 4/4 the quarter note duration is 0.5 seconds If you have 4/2 (for same BPM)the half note ...
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What's the rhythm for 6/8?

Looking into 6/8 on the Internet, I've learnt that the beat is not 6 eighth/quaver notes but 2 dotted quarter/crotchet notes. So that's cool, but I've also read about beats in a measure being either ...
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Assessing the time signature of a single measure

Is it possible to tell the difference between a single measure written in 3/2 time vs 6/4 time, when looking solely at what is written, with no audio available? For example, consider a measure which ...
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How do time signatures relay information on the grouping of beats?

I'm trying my best to understand musical meter, but it's just not making sense to me. In particular, I don't understand how one might deduce from the two numbers in the time signature (i.e. 3/4 or 4/4 ...
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Why is meter divided into simple and compound types?

From what I understand, Simple Meter -- divisible by twos Compound Meter -- divisible by threes Why do we choose 2 and 3? Why not n divisions?
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How Do You Rewrite 6/8 Time To 3/4 Time?

In the sheet I'm doing, it asks to rewrite a measure from the song. The original song is in 6/8 time and I chose to revert to 3/4 time. How do I do that?
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time signatures: what's the difference between 3/8 and 3/4? [duplicate]

I know the differences in the structure of these 2 time signatures, but what are the differences about the auditory perception, aside from the fact that 3/8 may seem faster?