Can some one explain time signatures to me. I understand the simple ones like 4/4, 3/4, 3/4 etc. but anything harder than that is beyond me.

Also, if possible, could some one tell me how I could write one signature, in another. I need to know because I'm doing some thing in a MIDI, but the program I'm using isn't able to change in the middle of the piece. It's rather frustrating.

Many thanks.
The number on top (the 6 in 6/8) represents how many beats per measure, and the lower number (the 8 in 6/8) represents what kind of beat you're using. 1 is a whole note, 2 is a half note, 4 is a quarter note.....and so on.

So 6/8 means there while be 6 eighth note beats per measure. 3/4 means 3 quarter notes per measure.
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Last edited by carlyroxmysox at Sep 16, 2010,
Try listening to some guitar pieces/drum beats in odd time signatures.
Apologies for the cheesy camera angle changes, but it gets the point accross, also check out the 7/4 one.

As for changes in MIDI programs, it is possible, but it would be very frustrating, you would have to tie over the end of bars and remember that the end/begining of a bar wouldn't be where the program is showing you.
Quote by carlyroxmysox
The number on top (the 6 in 6/8) represents how many beats per measure, and the lower number (the 8 in 6/8) represents what kind of beat you're using. 1 is a whole note, 2 is a half note, 4 is a quarter note.....and so on.

So 6/8 means there while be 6 eighth note beats per measure. 3/4 means 3 quarter notes per measure.

Oh, that's easy. Thanks

Try listening to some guitar pieces/drum beats in odd time signatures.
Apologies for the cheesy camera angle changes, but it gets the point accross, also check out the 7/4 one.

As for changes in MIDI programs, it is possible, but it would be very frustrating, you would have to tie over the end of bars and remember that the end/begining of a bar wouldn't be where the program is showing you.

Ugh, I figured as much. Thanks any ways.
Try listening to some guitar pieces/drum beats in odd time signatures.
Apologies for the cheesy camera angle changes, but it gets the point accross, also check out the 7/4 one.

As for changes in MIDI programs, it is possible, but it would be very frustrating, you would have to tie over the end of bars and remember that the end/begining of a bar wouldn't be where the program is showing you.

Just had to give him the drum lesson with the most annoying guy on earth huh?

Just listen to music with odd times a lot. Dream Theater, Rush and The Mars Volta are good places to start.

Also try counting it the music you listen to.
Last edited by Dio10101 at Oct 3, 2010,
http://www.classic.musictheory.net/

Check out the lessons on time signatures.
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