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Old 01-25-2013, 08:13 PM   #1
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Interpreting Meters.

Hello guys I have a quick question about determining the meter of a song.

How would I know when it's appropriate to identify the meter of a song for example in 6/8 instead of 3/4. Or as another example 2/2 instead of 4/4?
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:31 PM   #2
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6/8 is a compund meter think of it as two 3/4 in one meter
the strong beats are on the first and fourth beats
ONE two three FOUR five six

3/4 is a triple meter
ONE two three

2/2 and 4/4 are basically the same thing 2 half notes is the same as 4 quarter notes 2/2 is cut time meant to be a lil faster than 4/4
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basically where the streesed syllables are

here read this wiki article
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meter_...#Compound_meter
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:01 PM   #3
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So am I right in saying that the often used 3+3+2 pattern used in 4/4, would more accurately be written as being in 8/8?
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:11 PM   #4
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Almost certainly (in my opinion).
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:14 PM   #5
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So am I right in saying that the often used 3+3+2 pattern used in 4/4, would more accurately be written as being in 8/8?


im not sure what you mean by 3+3+2

th elength of the notes also matter
could be two eight triplets followed by two quarter notes

but 4/4 is ALOT more common than 8/8
in fact when you can use 4/4 its probabaly best to use it since people are more accustomed to reading it

but you can write it however the hell you want but if you want people to be readinging it it sbest to make it easy to read
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:20 PM   #6
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He means beats that are grouped like ONE two three FOUR five six SEVEN eight.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:29 PM   #7
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typically songs are either in duple( 4/4, 2/4, 2/2) or Triple(3/4, 6/8) meter.
whether or not a duple meter song is actually 4/4 or 2/4 usually comes down to phrasing or whatever kind of beat feels the strongest.

then we get into compound meters like 7/8 and such. people often think of these broken up into groups of 2 and 3 eighth notes for the sake of being able to count them easier.

to tell by listening just figure out if its duple or triple, then just listen for how the phrasing feels and you'll be able to differentiate 4/4 from 2/4 and the like.
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So in summary I should listen out for the strong beats to determine whether it's a compound meter instead of simple meter?
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So am I right in saying that the often used 3+3+2 pattern used in 4/4, would more accurately be written as being in 8/8?


Nah. It's just a hemiola. No need to muck around with the time sig.
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