#1
Hey I figured out I could ask this question the best here.
To the kings of rhythm.
So basically I get confused at like 4/8 and 6/8.
Does it mean 4 times an 8 note or does it mean you count 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and instead of 4/4 where you just count 1 2 3 4.
#3
Quote by blue_strat
4/8 would be counted 1 and 2 and, as it's just four 8th notes per bar.

So actually something like 13/16 would be 1 i and a 2 i and a 3 i and a and again?
I could better understand it if it was like 4*8.
#4
Basically for time signatures the bottom note represents what kind of note gets 1 "count" when counting.
ex. 4/4 - quarter notes get 1 "count" and there are 4 of those (1 2 3 4)
5/8 - eighth notes get one "count" and there are 5 of those (1 2 3 4 5)

alternately time signature such as 12/8 are often counted as if they were a 4/4 with a triplet count
#5
Quote by colddoger
Basically for time signatures the bottom note represents what kind of note gets 1 "count" when counting.
ex. 4/4 - quarter notes get 1 "count" and there are 4 of those (1 2 3 4)
5/8 - eighth notes get one "count" and there are 5 of those (1 2 3 4 5)

alternately time signature such as 12/8 are often counted as if they were a 4/4 with a triplet count

Can't I count them the best like 1 and 2 and 3 1 and 2 and 3 etc?
#6
Quote by liampje
So actually something like 13/16 would be 1 i and a 2 i and a 3 i and a and again?
I could better understand it if it was like 4*8.

A bar of:

13/16 = 1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4


5/4 = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + (you don't have to count the +'s, but the point is it's 5 quarter notes)


7/8 = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4

9/8 = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5


15/16 = 1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e +

17/16 = 1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a 5
Last edited by blue_strat at Apr 29, 2011,
#9
I think a Compound Beat is the opposite of a Simple Beat. They are both the same but have a different feel - like 4/4 against 12/8. 4/4 is read as 'Simple' while 12/8, although essentially the same, is read as 'Compound'.

The Compound Beat uses dotted notes and triplets while Simple Beats use half, quarter and eight notes, etc.

I don't know how accurate that is but it is how I've always considered it. Someone is welcome to correct me.