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Questions tagged [time-signatures]

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

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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.
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The time-signature of Jive [closed]

Why has jive a measure of ⁴/₄ and not one of ⁶/₄? If you dance a jive to a ⁴/₄ song, you don't always begin with the main beat. However, if you dance it to a ⁶/₄ song, you always begin with the main ...
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How do you count this?

This piece is in common time (4 4), but I'm having difficulty counting it. I think the whole lower staff (all the note groups) should have the triplet mark but it doesn't (is this an error of the ...
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What time signature uses a C and a backwards C?

This just confuses me help would be appreciated
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How to rewrite this rhythm from common time to 12/8 time?

How might one go about rewriting the following rhythm into a time signature of 12/8? I initially figured we could just notate each set of beamed eighth-notes with 4:6 above them to indicate that four ...
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How do I read 3/4 signature with “multiple instruments”

The following signature is a 3/4 but has notes that sum up to more than 3 quarter notes. After researching a while, I found out Time signature 3/4 seems to have more than 3 quarter notes in a measure ...
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Is dotted quarter note = 144 equivalent to quarter note = 96?

I have a piece to read that gives the tempo of dotted quarter = 144. Does that mean it's at a quarter note = 96? The piece has a time signature of 12/8, and I'm guessing each eighth note is played at ...
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Does anyone know if this is notated properly, or how to properly notate this rhythm?

I wrote this little melody/riff here: And while it sounds correct, I'm not sure if it's notated properly, with the correct time signatures and all. Could both the first 3/4 bars and the 2/4 bar be ...
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Keeping time in a bell choir

How do I keep time when I don’t play all the notes (bell choir). I’m a beginner and have never played an instrument. Thank you.
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What’s going on with the rhythm in the first half of Spiral Staircase by Luke Vibert

I assume this is some sort of polyrhythm but my brain refuses to be able to count it. Can someone shed some light on whats going on? The song in question:
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Metric accents in time signature

In my Tonal Harmony book by Kostka and Payne, it says: when rhythms are notated, it is customary to use beams,ties and dots in such a way that the metric accent is emphasized rather than obscured. ...
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Why go back and forth between 2 time signatures if they have the same feel?

I don't see this very often but I do see it in 1 of Chopin's nocturnes. In particular his F major nocturne op. 15 no. 1 It switches back and forth measure by measure between 3/4 and 9/8, well at ...
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Can the rhythm of any music with a consistent pulse be represented through a time signature?

I tried this with a lot of world music (I myself am an Indian) and majority of it, that followed a consistent pulse or a well timed rhythm, could be expressed neatly using time signatures. Can this ...
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Time signatures and verse

Recently I challenged myself to set a piece of religious text to music for SATB. However, I encountered timing issues caused by irregular numbers of syllables in verses, and when to break off phrases. ...
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Writing in 6/8 time for piano

I'm taking a beginner online piano class. When writing a song in 6/8 time for the piano, do all the notes in each measure both in the treble clef and bass clef have to add up to 6 beats and use eighth ...
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4/4 corresponds to 12/8 but 4/4 =/= 12/8

How is it possible that a 4/4 signature corresponds to a 12/8 signature ? 4/4 is equal to 1 and 12/8 is more than 1 . If i try to divide a 1/4 in 3 notes i get 1/12, not 1/8 as the 12/8 should be.
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What is this old time signature (2 with a vertical line through it)?

On the fourth line of page 5 of the score of Fasch's Ouverture-Suite in F major, one reads a time signature that is the number 2 with a vertical line through it: What does it mean? I know some '...
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How to play notes over one and a half octaves/am I reading this music wrong?

I've been trying to play this piece: Focusing on the left hand for the highlighted bar, it looks like it doesn't fit in with the 9/8 time (7 beats in that bar I think). But if I try to play them ...
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Problem with understanding differentiating meters and time signatures

I am currently trying to attempt to transcribe the fourth movement of scheherazade by Nikolai Korsakov-Rimsky and around bars 30+ there is a time signature change which says: 2/8(3/8 6/16). In the ...
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What does this Time Signature mean?

In Debussy's preludes for piano, there is the number 5 entitled "les collines d'anacapri". It comprises the following Time Signature. One that I have never seen before, and was wondering what it meant?...
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4/4 vs 3/4 time signatures

I'm new to music theory so I'm sorry if my question is trivial. Is it correct to say that, in practice, the only difference between 4/4 vs. 3/4 time signatures is where the accents are located? To me,...
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Are there situations where a time signature is unknown?

My understanding is that a time signature like 4/4 time is known because certain beats are emphasized, for example: ONE, two, three, four. But let's say someone created a song with tempo alone (ie ...
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Time signature problems in Debussy's “Clair de lune”

Clair de Lune by Debussy is in 9/8, but this bar doesn't look like 9/8 to me at all. Can anyone help?
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Is there a typo in this exercise, or am I not counting correctly?

I have this set of right hand open string exercises for classical guitar. Many are in 4/4 but some are in 6/8 (see pic below). The notes are grouped in 6 but there is no tuple notation. Reading as ...
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Time signature change?

I'm using yousician to play acoustic guitar. These 3 images are from the same song. Every bar contains 3 quarter notes (the signature is 3/4) but at the part 3 of the song it becomes 4/4 then 7/8 ...
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Can a time signature of a song be changed to a different time signature?

As an example, can you change a time signature from standard 4/4 time to waltz 3/4 and can you change a waltz to standard 4/4 time? Or more generally, can ANY time signature of a song be changed to ...
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Time signature of Goldberg Variation 8

I can only hear it as 1-and-ah 2-and-ah, which would (I thought) make it 6/8, but it’s labeled as 3/4. Actually, if I’m counting in quarter notes, I can only hear 2/4 (1-and 2-and). (I heard it ...
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Converting passages written in non-dyadic time signatures into dyadic time signatures

Can passages of music written in non-dyadic time signatures such as 4/6 be written in dyadic time signatures, such as 4/4, or is there a fundamental difference that cannot be reconciled, or would this ...
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Is there any way at all to tell if these measures are 6/4 vs. 3/2? [duplicate]

It's once again time for everyone's favorite game, "why is this wrong on my test?" This time, it's a "name that time signature" question that got marked wrong. In short, the only other answer that ...
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How might I transition from a sad sounding 4/4 time signature to a more upbeat 12/8? [closed]

i am currently writing a song, and I need to pass between a very sad sounding 4/4 time signature, to a 12/8 time signature, which is a more happy sounding time signature. I am not willing to change ...
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How to deal with constant time signature changes?

So I am going to learn Mariage d'Amour on the piano, but the sheet music constantly changes time signatures. It jumps between 4/4 and 5/4. I even saw 3/4 and 3/8! Is there a way to learn this piece ...
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What is this “time signature”?

Piece: Nuper rosarum Flores - Dufay What does this "time signature" mean? I've read that it's about the taleas but I've read different stuff too, please help :)
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Why do we always call a quarter note a **quarter** note? [closed]

Edit: After a lot of discussion I try to restate my question so that it becomes easier to understand: A concise version of my question, suggested by Stinkfoot: Why do we always call a quarter note a ...
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How long does a sound take that corresponds to a note at a certain tempo? What notations / conventions do influence it in detail? [closed]

I am just starting to get familar with the meaning of notes and already read some related questions. Lets assume I have a speed s of 60 "beats per minute" (bpm). Then one beat occurs during a time ...
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Songs that move between 6/8 and 4/4?

I am trying to do this for something I've written (4/4 in verse, 6/8 in chorus) but it's difficult to get in and out of smoothly, so I'm wondering how other people have tackled this. For my song, if ...
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Can this notation be considered either 3/4 or 6/8 time?

When I gave a worksheet today, 2 of my students labeled this notation as 3/4 time, simple triple. Are they wrong or is this acceptable? If it's not acceptable, why? Is it simply because it wouldn't ...
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How should I conduct a double time tempo change?

I am working on a pop arrangement. It starts out in a simple 4/4 quarter note equals 90 and then a tempo change doubles it. Now it's eight notes = 90 and quarter = 180. Do I change the time signature ...
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Is there no time signature in this mahler's piece?

Hi i looked at the score could not figure out what is the time signature it looks as though each bar is different and that there is not one. Am i correct?
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How does bpm change affect the timing of notes?

I have a note format with beats represented as measure fractions that I want to convert to actual time (seconds). So given this data: number, title, measure, position 1 NOTE 2 0.0 2 NOTE 2 0.25 3 ...
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Is a whole note in seconds equal to 60 divided by BPM? [duplicate]

Say we have a BPM of 60. Does that mean each one of my whole notes is 1 second long? Because 60 beats per minute means I have 1 beat every second. (60/60 = 1) Or if I have a BPM of 120, then each one ...
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Can I ignore the bottom number in a time signature if I know the BPM? [duplicate]

I never remember what that bottom number means, can I just stick to the top number and call it a day? So in a 6/8 I could just know that it's 6 beats per measure (ignoring the 8). If I know my BPM (...
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How do I explain a time signature switch from 2/2 to 4/2?

I am presently studying Nathaniel Dett's Chariot Jubilee, and the time signature switches from 2/2 to 4/2. What are some suggestions on how to approach explaining to singers.
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What is the difference between changing a songs beat unit and its BPM? [duplicate]

A song in 3/8 is typically twice as fast as a song in 3/4, so what is the difference from doubling the BPM? EDIT: I am aware of the difference between 3/8 and 3/4, but then what is the difference ...
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What is this time signature with only one number?

I have recently come across a time signature I've never seen before. It is in a Baroque piece of music. Each bar has a minim crotchet minim crotchet which I think should indicate 6/4 compound time, ...
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What are the parts of a time signature called? [duplicate]

I'm wondering what the top and bottom numbers in a time signature are called. In math, the top number and bottom number in a fraction have specific names (numerator and denominator, respectively)—are ...
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Hearing the time signature switch of a cover of the “Mission Impossible Theme”

The original 1966 score of "Mission impossible" was written entirely in 5/4 time (you can listen to it here). For the first movie staring Tom Cruise, the theme was rewritten by two U2 band members, ...