Questions tagged [time-signatures]

Numeric ratio indicating the subdivision of measures according to groups of beats.

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How can you tell the difference between 3/4 time and 6/8 time? Or 3/2 time and 6/4 time?

When given any sheet of music without the time signature and you are given the choice of 3/4 and 6/8, how would you know which one would be the appropriate choice?
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Do I have to notate "eighth equal quarter" when the time signature changes?

I cannot recall which tempo marking I saw but it is something like "♩=♪" or "♩=♩."on the top of the staff when time signature changes. Does that mean the overall speed doesn't ...
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The Actual Purpose of the Bottom Number in Time Signatures [duplicate]

I understand that 4/4 time signatures mean that there are 4 beats per measure, and that those beats are quarter notes. However this is the point where I get confused as I’ve listened to and have seen ...
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How to determine whether song is 16 bar blues or 32 bar form?

I'm analyzing blues in the Mississippi Delta tradition and the hardest/most subjective aspect I am running into has to do with songs with measure numbers divisible by 8. For example, we can use "...
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Strumming along low BPM song

I am fairly comfortable strumming along a song with 80 or more BPM, however for songs lower that I struggle to keep up. How should I practice?
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What time signature should I use with partial triplets?

Say I have six groupings of eighth note triplets, 18 total notes. I want to play 16 eighth note triplets, leave off the last two notes ("partial triplet"), and repeat the section. To my ear, ...
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How to calculate music sheet symbols duration, in Midi file

I want to make music in computer programming language. but I don't know how to calculate music sheet symbols duration by attention to tempo and time signature. I was confused about that because ...
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Is "24th note" a valid denotation of 16th note triplets?

The sequencers I own allow for quantized 16th note triplet input by selecting 1/24 as the note length. Some of my sequencers also allow for time signatures with 24 as the bottom number. This is ...
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How to figure out time signature of complex type

Here according to me the left side time signature is 9/8 and the right side is 4/4. Am I going down the right path or are my thoughts wrong ?
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Identifying complex time signature [closed]

Here from the given notes, I think this is a 6/4 time signature. But I am very confused due to the rest and the note placement. Any suggestions or directions would be appreciated. QUESTION EDIT So ...
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Is 41/16 a proper time signature?

I know nothing about music theory so please forgive my terminology. I made a pattern that I've counted off as having 41 16th notes. I'm counting 1-e-and-a-2-e-and-a...etc and the pattern ends on ......
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Completing s 3/8 time signature [closed]

I am trying to figure out the incomplete rests. I think for the first bar line there will be the eighth rest. I am not too sure about the next one but I think it will be 2 * eighth rest. Any hints or ...
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Adding missing rests to 9/8 meter

I am trying to figure out the missing rests in the time signature. I think for the first bar there will be a dotted quarter rest. I am not too sure about the next one. Any hints or directions ...
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Is it possible to calculate a bar based on song BPM and time position in the song? [duplicate]

I'm using a spreadsheet to analyze song arrangements. I know the BPM of the song. I'd like to just listen to the song, and then input the time where I'd like to make a note (say 1:50 or 90 seconds) ...
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How can I notate this better in 12/8 time?

Can I write tied notes instead of half notes? tied dotted quarter + an eighth note? If not how can I write this better?
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Rewriting a measure in 6/8

How can I rewrite this? What I did wasn't right, so I was wondering if there was another way to rewrite it. It's in 6/8.
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Ignored rest at the beginning of a section

I'm entering some fiddle music into Guitar Pro 7.5 and trying to handle a second section. At the beginning of the second section, the bar is short (only two eighth notes) just like an anacrusis, but ...
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Uncommon Time Signatures

I'm trying to learn about time signatures. I'm pretty sure I've correctly identified the "colored" ones in the attached image, but cannot find any info on the web on the non-colored ones. ...
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Is this grouping with duplets correct for 6/4?

Very sorry for bad photo quality, but I hope the notes are visible. Here, have I done anything wrong with the grouping?!
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Practical steps to "play in 2/4"?

Playing a sax piece written in 4/4 at 120 bpm I was told it would sound better in 2/4 sound smoother the "longer beat would sound better" and make it easier for me to up the tempo. But I ...
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A problem with understanding Time signature

I'm not pretty good when doing aural analysis, but I can't seem to get the hang of time signature. My teacher said 4/4 is the most common time signature, and I could take a big gamble in writing 4/4 ...
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What decides the grouping and emphasis for 6/4?

In every example of 6/4 time I see: the six beats are grouped into two groups of three an emphasis is given to the first beat of each group, so there are effectively two accents per measure. What ...
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Derive tempo value from the unit pattern length

A guitar instrumental music was played with 4/4 timing and tempo of 86 bpm settings. One pattern consist of 6 notes ( or beats). On audacity, a unit strumming pattern ( = 1 bar) takes roughly 2.78sec....
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Grouping three quarter notes in 6/8 time signature

I'm writing a piece of music in 6/8 time signature. Is it correct to have a bar with 3 quarter notes in this time signature?
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I'm not sure if I'm executing these instructions on piano time signature correctly

I'm learning piano on my own and I'm using a workbook (Ben Dunnett). Below is the link to my interpretation of what this task is asking (video on YouTube). I know I've played this in common time as I'...
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Messiaen prelude 7 - bar 4 - how to count

In bar 4 of Messiaen's Prelude 7 Plainte Calm, the time signature changes to 3/4. However, the notes at the treble clef dont add up. The first eighth note is followed by 2 quarter notes, and this ...
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How does one indicate time for a melody without a consistent meter? [closed]

I wrote a melody. I have trouble figuring out which time signature it belongs to. I tried different rhythms, this rhythm sounds the best. It is safe to say, this is the rhythm of this melody. But this ...
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BPM, beat durations vs frequency

I understand that 60 BPM means 60 Beats Per Minute. And if the "BPM beat note" is a quarter note, it means a quarter note has the duration of 1 second (each quarter note should be held 1 ...
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I think i understand the bottom number on a time signature now (Update)

I know bottom number will tell me what note gets the beat but my question was always "Why does it matter what notes get's the beat if it don't change anything in practicality?" but know i ...
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Is this 3/4 at 270 BPM or 6/8 at 90 BPM? [closed]

So im composing a song called "Consonant Dissonance II" (You can listen to the first one), and I hear it as 270 BPM 3/4 but I dont know if it is correct to notate it as that. (Sorry if the ...
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Time Signature Trouble [closed]

I am a church pianist who writes original hymns, recently I have taken on the task of writing sheet music for my songs. I am having trouble with this one. I cannot figure out the time signature on ...
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Do songs in X/32+ time signatures exist?

7 hours ago I asked a question involving a rare time signature (Why does 1/1 time signature exist if you are curious), but then my curiosity had me thinking about X/32, X/64, and absurd time ...
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Why does 1/1 time signature exist

So I stumbled around a 1/1 song like 3 days ago I still dont whats the use of 1/1, I get 2/2 and 8/8 but why does 1/1 exist?* Like what is its purpose?
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Is there a way to get around using quarter notes/rests?

I'm currently trying to compose a song in a game. Being as it is pretty much a children's game, it is rather limited in its abilities (2). I've been able to get around other limitations, such as the ...
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concerning irregular tuplets

An n-tuplet is a division of a given pulse in n even parts; hence, a quintuplet is playing 5 notes in the space of one, usually a quarter note, as a 13-tuplet is dividing a note in 13 even parts. What ...
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what difference beat value makes in time signature [duplicate]

I am trying to understand the intuition behind the time signature. My confusion is as below : My first confusion was why in general every metronome beat is considered a quarter beat, but what I ...
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How does one know the implied difference in time signatures? [duplicate]

I have always been told that the difference between 3/4 time and 6/8 time is that 6/8 time has two beats per measure and 3/4 has three beats per measure. However, other than people telling me this, I ...
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What is this "CC" (double common-time) time signature called?

From Brahms Fugue in A-flat minor, WoO 8: The file name is "Double Common Time" JPEG but only because that's the only thing I can figure out to call it. Bonus question: Can this time ...
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How does the bottom number of the time signature affect counting?

I have learnt all the complicated mathematics subjects in my school, but that bottom number, I can't understand. Ok, the notation will be different, and it will say what kind of note gets the beat, ...
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Time signature issue in MuseScore

How to add only one rest or note at the starting of the piece against the time signature without changing it in musescore?
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Making Sense of 5/4 Time Signature

I'm doing a composition with time signatures that alternate between 3/4 and 2/4. At first, the meter is a steady 2/4, before suddenly switching to 3/4. From that point on, the piece alternates between ...
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How can I represent this quarter note triplet based section in a time signature, so I can have it sync with a metronome?

I have a song that starts with a time signature of 3/4 in 110 bpm. Then there's a quarter note triplet based section that goes like this: 123 123 123 123 123 1 | 123 123 123 123 123 1 | etc where 123 ...
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Converting BPM From 12/8 [duplicate]

I have a new piece of music, and it has a part where it is 12/8 with dotted quarter notes being at 128 bpm. I was wondering what the quarter note tempo would be. And one last thing would it be ...
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Time Signature Calculation

How to determine the time signature? I already got this question wrong from my quiz, and I'm studying for the final for this music theory class. I understand there are 5 quarters notes 1 half note 10 ...
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How these measures have more note values than mentioned in the time signature [duplicate]

I'm trying to play this piece of music where the time signature is 4-4 but it seems that the measures have more note values. How is this possible? Can someone please explain? I have attached a photo ...
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How to differentiate between time signatures x/y and mx/ny?

Looking at the abundant questions already available on Music Stack Exchange, I am aware this is a very commonly asked question in the forum. However, I still struggle to aurally identify the time ...
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Trying to solve a Time Signature exercise? [closed]

This concerns an exercise I am working on trying to establish time signature for one measure. This measure has the following notes ... one 8th note, one 16th note, and one quarter note in that order. ...
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Why triplets for whole movement rather than writing it in say 6/8?

I just came across the score for Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, and I was surprised when I saw the time signature of the first movement. (My background is that I've played music for many years—mainly ...
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Is there a name for arranging a triple-meter piece into quadruple meter?

Is there a technical name for when a piece originally in triple meter is arranged into quadruple meter? (Usually this is done by doubling the first a beat.) For example, the quadruple-meter ...
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How to figure out the length (time in ms) of a bar from bpm and time signature? [duplicate]

I have seen a bunch of similar questions on the site, but I'm going to ask more directly. I know a songs: tempo - X bpm - (eg.:120). time signature - Y/Z - (eg.: 4/4). I'd like to know the formula ...

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