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On the difference between 4/4 and 4/2 time signatures

No, there isn't any information such as 'a quarter note normally takes X seconds' and so on. That's why there are metronome marks or tempo expressions (Andante, Allegro etc.) written on scores. You '...
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At what speed should notes be played?

Compare the bottom number to centimeters vs meters. You can measure something either way, but the length of the thing doesn't change. So 4/4 is exactly the same sounding result as 4/2 as 4/8 as 4/128, ...
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On the difference between 4/4 and 4/2 time signatures

Simple answer: You can't hear the difference. The only difference would be how the music looks on the page. To elaborate phoog's comment: tempo indications are given not just as a number but also as a ...
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On the difference between 4/4 and 4/2 time signatures

The difference is more academic. A long time ago, 4/2 was more prevalent, perhaps in slower pieces, but the /2 doesn't have to signify slow. It will all depend on the tempo of the piece, obviously. 4/...
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On the difference between 4/4 and 4/2 time signatures

The note values are relative only (as currently used.) A signature such as 4/2 could have any speed. Often there will be a notation like QN (the symbol) = 120 or the like. The number refers to beats ...
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Proper way to practice piano

Quite old thread but for others like me who read this and are in similar situation, little practice every now and then helps than 2 to 3 hours in a week. I have developed a practice routine for myself ...
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Can't understand 16th notes connected by beams

Under each three notes is a little '3'. It used to be, and sometimes still is, accompanied by a bracket. It means those three notes are a little faster than normal - they take up the same time as ...
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Can't understand 16th notes connected by beams

All of the notes have the same duration. You're overlooking the 3 by each group of three sixteenth notes. These are sixteenth-note triplets, of which there are twenty-four in a measure of 4/4 time. ...
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Can't understand 16th notes connected by beams

The "3" below each group of three sixteenth notes is a triplet indicator. Rather than 4x6 16ths notes, consider that it's 8x3 16ths. Each sixteenth-note triplet is the equivalent of one half ...
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