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It’s 6/8 or less likely 6/4 for a pop song. There actually are accents on 1 and 4. The accent on 1 is implied in some measures. An accent is not necessarily simply a louder note. In this excerpt, the chord changes happen on beat one. The listener senses that right away and begins to hear that as the most important beat. The accent on beat 4 is the highest ...


6/8 is probably the best option, though 6/4 would be fine considering the slow tempo. The drum hit on beat 4 is called a "backbeat" and is typical of much rock and jazz. From the Wikipedia link, in terms of 4/4 time: A back beat, or backbeat, is a syncopated accentuation on the "off" beat. In a simple 4 4 rhythm these are beats 2 and 4.


Although I don't exactly disagree with the other answers, my opinion is that the question is looking for a perfect mathematical system where there likely is none. I don't think the author of this book was intending an exact method with precise "rules" for "summing" the stress patterns. Rather, as this is a book on songwriting, my guess ...


Time signatures do not directly correlate to metre; 9/8 can be compound triple or an irregular quadruple metre, depending on where the main pulses are. It is inaccurate to refer to time signatures as "being" simple or compound, these are adjectives which describe metre, not time signatures. Of course, the overwhelming majority of the time, 9/8 is ...

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