#1
Hi, I'm terrible at recognizing time signatures, so for one example, I thought Velvet Revolver's Fall to Pieces was constantly switching between 3/4 and 2/4. I looked it up to find that I'm way off.

Attached is the way I thought of it in a Tuxguitar tab, very roughly based on the melody (I know the melody is a bit off)

Could someone please explain how I can actually hear time signatures? If I got this wrong I've probably gotten all of them wrong.

Thanks
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whatIthinkFTP.tg.zip
#2
I can see why you got confused with that song cuz the accent is on beat 4 which is then tied across the bar line.

S'just experience. That's all... and being able to ****ing count properly. That was a joke.

What time signature do you think this is in?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SDWFvsN2lw
#3
Hmm, 3/4 at about 30-40 bpm (or maybe 6/8 at 60-70), but then around 1:30 it changes to 4/4. That's just what I hear though, based mostly on the bassline and kicks. I haven't gotten to the rest yet. How do you judge?
#4
3/4 and 6/8 are two different timings. Think of 6/8 as 2/4 in a triplet feel, "1 and a, 2 and a," or "1 2 3, 4 5 6,". 3/4 would be "1 and 2 and 3 and". Numbers are your strong beats here. The song that mdc posted to me sounds like 4/4 but in 3 bar repeats, rather than your typical 4 bar repeats. It might be a really slow 6/4 though.
#5
Wait, I thought 3/4 was

1 and 2 and 3 and

and 6/8 was

1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 5 and 6 and

Then couldn't you just replace the "and"s in 3/4 with the numbers of 6/8 and double the tempo and they'd be the same?

And what's the difference between 4/4 in a 3 bar repeat, and 3/4?? I thought 3 represents the number of beats to a measure, and 4 represents the quarter beat

I am so confused
#6
Quote by Sy_B
Wait, I thought 3/4 was

1 and 2 and 3 and

and 6/8 was

1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 5 and 6 and

Then couldn't you just replace the "and"s in 3/4 with the numbers of 6/8 and double the tempo and they'd be the same?

And what's the difference between 4/4 in a 3 bar repeat, and 3/4?? I thought 3 represents the number of beats to a measure, and 4 represents the quarter beat

I am so confused

The top number determines how many beats are in the measure and the bottom number says which note gets the beat

3/4 is not the same as 6/8
3/4 is equal to 3 quarter notes
while 6/8 is equal to 6 eigth notes or 3 dotted quarter notes

http://www.musictheory.net/lessons
This should help you out
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Last edited by TDKshorty at Mar 17, 2013,
#7
Quote by TDKshorty
2 dotted quarter notes

Fixed. 6/8 is compound duple.
Quote by Lavatain
The song that mdc posted to me sounds like 4/4 but in 3 bar repeats, rather than your typical 4 bar repeats.

Yes.
#8
Quote by mdc
Fixed. 6/8 is compound duple.


Thanks, it was a typo hah!
And we will weave in and out of sanity unnoticed
Swirling in blissfully restless visions of all our bleary progress
Glowing in radiant madness