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

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Notating using ties on a 4/4 music

I am required to notate a note that is played on the 'and' of 1 and ring for the remaining beats of a 4/4 measure. My choices is: I use a quaver rest followed by a quaver tied to a dotted minim in ...
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Dual time signature of Alla Breve x2 in Schubert?

So I know I have asked about a piece of Chopin where I came across a dual time signature in an edition where it is 3/4 9/8 and that in the case of that Chopin Nocturne, the reason for the dual time ...
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If there are examples of good music that break out of the “4 measures” mold? [closed]

Tool does a great job of stepping out of the 4/4 time signature, like in their 33/16 pneuma song. However, they still (for the most part) play 4 measures of this 33/16, or 8 or some multiple of 4. Why ...
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Tempo conservation with Time Signature Change, How to notate this for Classical Musicians?

So, I am writing a Scherzo in the key of Eb major for a string quartet. And I was just thinking about what to do for the B section of my Scherzo, both in key and time signature. I was thinking that ...
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2/2 time counting with 1/8 notes on guitar

How do I count this song? It seems to have too many beats per measure? I can count 1&2&3&4& and it seems to fit. But this is 2/2 time. When I try 1&2& I end up with left over ...
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Are there pieces that have extreme tempo markings?

I'm trying to recall if I ever came across such a piece that uses whole note = tempo, or 16th note = tempo. To my recollection, I don't think I've seen the whole note before. As well, I have seen ...
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How to remember how much irregular groupings are worth

I'm currently studying piano music theory and I have a hard time figuring out how much triplets, duplets, quadruplets, quintuplets, sextuplets, and septuplets are worth in different time signatures (...
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Is 5/4 simple or compound?

I have seen 3 major ways of subdividing the quarter notes in 5/4. 1 is treating it as a simple meter and 2 others treat it as an irregular compound(or technically speaking, complex) meter. I have seen ...
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To what exactly does the Note Value refer?

I'm starting to learn Music Theory and I don't really understand time signatures. Let's say we have time sig 3/4, so one beat is 1/4, means one 1/4 note is a beat, or a 128th of a Minute at 128 BPM. ...
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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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How to determine BPM by timestamps/events

I'm currently taking part in a scoring competition where the task is to score the music for a product trailer. As common in trailer music I now want to sync my music with the trailer almost ...
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Time Signature Dilemma, should I change the time signature for my Scherzo?

When I started writing my Scherzo in D, I initially thought of having the time signature be 3/4 since that is a very typical time signature for a scherzo, especially earlier scherzos that are closer ...
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How to determine the downbeats of a time signature?

From what I understand of time signatures, the top number indicates the number of beats, except for compound or odd beats. Like 4/4 has 4 crotchet beats, while 6/8 has two groups of 3 quaver beats, so ...
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books/articles/dissertations/etc about odd time meters history/theory? [closed]

I'm working on my graduate thesis in jazz drumming. I chose odd time signatures as the main feature of my work, so i'm looking for some sources from which i can pick up some concepts and draw some ...
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Display time signature as single number above the staff

Sometimes, when a piece of music has a frequently-changing time signature, the time signature is printed above the staff. In the following example, only the numerator is printed (the denominator is 4 ...
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Meaning of time signature

In time signature, is the duration of a bar a fixed amount of time (like for example 1 second) or is it completely arbitrary? If the latter is the case, I don't see how time signature has any meaning ...
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Are there any songs that rotate between several time signatures? [closed]

Last night I was brushing up on my time signature knowledge and got to thinking on songs I know with alternate time signatures. A few examples are: The Glass Prison by Dream Theater 4/4, 5/4, and I ...
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What made 4/4 time the most common time signature?

Most music is written in 4/4 time, and in today’s world it seems to be the accepted norm. Now, that doesn’t mean mainstream music doesn’t use alternate meters, but it’s just less common than I ...
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How do different time signatures change how a song sounds?

I know that time signatures change how a song sound, but I don't know the rule, or how it does that. If a song is in 4/4 and it got changed into 6/8, I don't know how it would sound, or how much it ...
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What is the difference between 2/4 and 4/4 when it comes the accented beats?

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 ...
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Placing the downbeats in this five-bar passage in Bach's Italian Concerto

I am asking about bars 13-19 in the first movement of J.S. Bach's Italian Concerto (BWV 971; sheet music). My ear always hears bar 13 plus the first crotchet of 14 as one extended bar of 3/4 and then ...
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Time signature inconsistent

I'm trying to write the first measure of the Moonlight in Lilypond From my very basic knowledge the first measure is 4 x 3 x 1/8 = 3/2 long, but the special symbol (alla breve) seams to be a 2/2. ...
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What is the difference between 3/2 and 3/4 time signature [duplicate]

I am confused between these two time signatures. What is the difference really. I can listen to a hymn in 3/2 time and i can see how easily I can replace the halves with quarters and the quarters with ...
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Is it true that cut time means “play twice as fast as written”?

I was just reading an e-book and saw this sentence which really confused me: "Played twice as fast as written" - This isn't what cut time actually means right, or are there situations where cut time ...
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From whom did The Beatles steal the extra beat in “Don't Let Me Down?”

It's well known that The Beatles made good use of every existing musical idiom in their work, a side-effect of talent borne from constant live performance. In this case, I'm curious if anyone can ...
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BWV 825 Bach Partita: how do you play this Gigue?

coming from answering the question: How do I determine the time signature of a song? I ask you to give some answers for beginners: -how do you play the first bar? what time is this? 4/4? (we count ...
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How do I determine the time signature of a song? [duplicate]

I'm having some trouble with my music homework. I'm trying to figure out what time signature some of the pieces would be in I was able to do two of the questions (though I'm not sure of the answer ...
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Fit odd number of triplets in a measure?

I'm trying to pass a melody from my head to the sheet and it consists of 29 eighth-note-triplets but I can't figure out how to break them into measures. If I start with 4/4, I can fit 2 measures of ...
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What is it called when 2/2 is imposed in 3/4?

What is the name in music theory for when the feel of 2/2 is imposed in 3/4 time? For example in Waltz No. 2 by Shoshtakovich (i think its that one) there is a section about midway through where its 3/...
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Determining time-signatures by listening [duplicate]

I make a triange in the air (with sound of pine-app-le) for 3/4, and square (sounds like hop-scotch), but 6/8 hexagon is less accurate (no sound known), any ideas for it? 9/8 and other unsual ones are ...
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How to notate time signature switching consistently every measure

It seems my musical journey's always pushing me into left field territory when it comes to notation ... So this time I'd like to know what would be a good way to notate a consistent switching of time ...
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Does this song have a tempo or time signature?

Does this song have a tempo or time signature ? How do you write and play this kind of music ?
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What is the name of the practice of rhythm being written as series of 2's and 3's?

I remember some time ago learning about traditional Irish music and how a lot of the music wasn't written with our modern time signature structure, but was instead written as a series of 2 beat / 3 ...
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Irrational meter - why the mark of a triplet in 4 half notes

Can someone please explain to me why the mark of a triplet in this 4 half notes? I understood how to play it but from what i read you can only write triplets on 3 notes like 3 eighths 3 quarters etc......
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What's the meaning of this extra rest? [duplicate]

This is the first bar of F. W. Mecham Op 92 - American Patrol Semiquaver triplet + quaver + quaver rest + quarter rest 1/8 + 1/8 + 1/8 + 1/4 = 2/4 + 1/8 ...
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2/4 vs 4/4 time signature in Dixieland Jazz

I'm teaching on the IB Music Diploma Programme and am looking at an examiner's markscheme for a question about the Dixieland jazz piece "Tiger Rag" (similar to this version: ...
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What time signature is this song in? [closed]

The song is "The Mute" by Radical Face Here's a link: I seriously can't figure out the time signature. Sometimes 3/4 works, sometime 4/4 sounds right, but the most ...
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how to get the time signature of my own songs [duplicate]

Lately I've been writing my own songs on guitar.i think most of them are in 4/4 time signature but i'm not pretty sure. how can i figure out the time signature of my songs? is there any way to get ...
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How many beats are in 6/8 time?

In 6/8 time, each measure contains six eighth notes. We are often told that therefore there are six beats in 6/8 time. But when my band plays a piece in 6/8, the conductor counts in two. Also, the ...
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Notes value surpass the time signature of 4/4

I'm playing on an acoustic guitar. I've just started learning notes notation and I can't understand how this should be played, as the value of notes seems to be larger than the 4/4 rhythm. From what ...
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I don't understand why multiple time signatures for the same theme

I just went to see "Beauty and the Beast" with a live orchestra. The movie was played on a screen with the orchestra performing the soundtrack. I was sitting in a place where I could see the control ...
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Why use odd time signatures?

I'm a beginner guitar player, and I'm trying to pick up some of the music theory behind the instrument, and one thing that I've sort of grasped is odd time signatures. I know what they are, and I can ...
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How does an apparent 4/4 arise from 2 totally unrelated time signatures?

So I have been listening to Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and I notice something that is unusual to me in his promenades. It has a 4/4 feel but it isn't written in 4/4 at all, instead it is ...
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BPM and Time Signature [duplicate]

I just recently learned about time signatures and the beat and I need to clearly understand the relations of these things, as for now I don't seem to do it. Please correct my thoughts on the following ...
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Help understanding subdivisions of beats in a bar [closed]

Why can two consecutive beats be subdivided into "subbeats"? If a rhythm consists of four beats in a bar, and those beats are subdivided into two "subbeats", can we call it a 8/4 time signature ?
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Timing of this slap guitar piece, is it right or wrong?

Several comments for this video remark that it is not in time. What do they mean? I can count a 4/4 beat to her playing, and for me it seems fine. So can someone point to me what is not in time here? (...
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Understanding Time Signature: How do I identify the time signature of a song?

I have played music for years and I still don't understand what a time signature actually signifies. I understand it from a superficial sense. If given sheet music I could tell you what time ...
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Can Someone explain time signatures? [duplicate]

What is mean by 3/4, 6/8, 4/4 etc.? Some times T get confuse about how to choose time signature in DAW.
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Does lilypond have the ability to typeset bars in free or open time?

I'm using lilypond to arrange a new part for concert band by combining/picking and choosing from a couple of different parts that need to be covered, but we don't have instruments for on the ...
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Is this 4/4 or 6/8? [closed]

I never was much good at working this sort of thing out. Hopefully, a real musician can tell me. Thanks in advance. Please listen here.