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### Inconsistent number of beats per measure

If it makes you happier, you could edit those bars to insert the missing bar lines, then convert the second minim/half note to two tied crotchets/quarter notes, e.g. As Andy Bonner notes in a comment,...
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### What does "gets the beat" mean?

It simply means that the quarter note is the unit of measurement, or one beat. So 4/4 means 4 quarter notes per bar. “gets the beat” is the same as “equals one beat”. There are some exceptions, mainly ...
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### Scheme function for time signatures in LilyPond

First things first: Such a function does exist (at least, a more powerful such function does exist): \markup\compound-meter #'(4 8) But if you really wanted to do your own function you’d need to ...
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### Inconsistent number of beats per measure

What hints are there for the performer to know such a change occurs Count the beats in the measure! and why is the notation as such? The answer to this question probably lies in the original ...
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### Can 1 beat = 1 eighth note instead of 1 quarter note?

Simple answer - yes, just about any note value can be the 'beat'. Complicated continued answer - and the time signature doesn't always tell us directly what the beat is! You'll get told: 'Top number ...
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### Can 1 beat = 1 eighth note instead of 1 quarter note?

The standard way of thinking about it is, as others have said, that the lower number of the time signature tells you which note value corresponds with the beat. But in real life there's even more ...
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### Can 1 beat = 1 eighth note instead of 1 quarter note?

Yes. Any note type can represent one beat. This is indicated by the bottom number in a time signature. For example, 3/2 = three half-note beats per measure 3/8 = three eighth-note beats per measure 3/...
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### Inconsistent number of beats per measure

There is an urtext version available here: https://imslp.org/wiki/Serse,_HWV_40_(Handel,_George_Frideric) The part in question is on page 161 of the score: ...and it uses 3/4 meter with ties over the ...
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### What does "gets the beat" mean?

It means "represents, in notation, the beat". The music you're studying has an ongoing, steady pulse to it, like a clock. The speed of that pulse, that clock, is represented by some note — ...
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### How are dotted eighth-sixteenth note patterns counted in compound meter?

I learned the same way of counting, and I've found two solutions that work well for me: Count each eighth note as a beat. Thus a regular 6/8 measure would be 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 6, and a measure with the ...
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### How many beats are there in this hymn?

Apparently, there are four beats in every single measure of this hymn, as established by the time signature of four half notes. The number of beats in each measure does not vary. The number of notes ...
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### How many beats are there in this hymn?

The 4 numerator tells how many, the lower 2 tells what each one is, very much like a fraction here. So, there are 4 minims (half notes) per bar. It could have just as easily be written out as 4/4, ...
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