how do u tell what time signature a song is by listening to it? i know what a time signature is and can easily identify which time signature the song is in when i have the music written out but i cant seem to do it when im just listening to a song. are there any tricks to it like listen to the drums or something?
what he said ^^
EDIT: @ DiminishedFifth

also, if it sounds weird, it probably is.
as for distinguishing 3/4 - 6/8 - 12/8 etc., listen to the grouping and phrasing of the melody.
Last edited by gnomieowns at Jul 29, 2010,
yes listen to the drums and count the beats. see if you can feel where a new measure starts.

if you can count 1 2 3 4. its in 4/4

if it feels waltz like... 1 2 3 1 2 3
like do papa do pa pa

if it sounds like a 4/4 but has triplets in it

boo ti ti bah ti ti... it is in 6/8...

thats the best i can explain via the internet
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