#1
Yes, I've searched. Only Meshuggah and Dream Theater et al appear, nothing exactly what I'd like. I've searched Wikipedia too. Here are my questions...

At the moment, I'm writing a slow song primarily in 9/8. The main bass goes 9/8, 9/8, 9/8, 4/4, and repeats. However, I'm going to be using 5/4 as well. So 4/4, 9/8, and 5/4.


Say I wanted to add drums. For 4/4 and 5/4 time, I accentuate the crotchet on each beat? For 9/8, I accentuate the dotted crotchet three times, correct? So that would leave me with:

Dun = accented beat
Da = quaver
Di = semiquaver

4/4 (in quavers): Dun-da dun-da dun-da dun-da
5/4 (in quavers): Dun-da dun-da dun-da dun-da dun-da
9/8 (in quavers): Dun-da-da dun-da-da dun-da-da

Shouldn't it?

Maybe I should've asked this question before the above, but I know time signatures are not fractions; but I'd like to understand why. What's the difference between 4/4 and 8/8? Would it be like this...

4/4: Dun-da dun-da dun-da dun-da
8/8: Dun-di-dun-di dun-di-dun-di dun-di-dun-di dun-di-dun-di

Is 8/8 meant to differentiate from 4/4 which note duration gets which beat? Of course you hardly see people actually write it that way... But is that fundamentally correct?

So if my song went 9/8, 9/8, 9/8, 4/4, the beat accents would be:

C = crotchet, C. = dotted crotchet
| C. C. C. | C. C. C. | C. C. C. | C C C C |


If I'm wrong, can someone please enlighten me? I'm unsure as to what the difference is between time signatures that are rationally equivalent, and when to use them. Thank you.
#2
F... you try to edit your post, and it creates a new thread. This is the thread that I edited after I posted, for clarification...
#3
Seems to me that the further you divide your TS the better. The answer to your question, though, I believe, is in the drummers' hand. You can play it on the guitar all day, but it won't sound right until you can obtain the backbeat.
#4
I think 8/8 would be:

Da-di-da-di-da-di-da-di-da-di-da-di-da-di-da-di

Because the way you put it looks like 8/4. Wait, the way you put it is fine, because the accented beat would be a quaver, so thats ok as well.

In 9/8 the beat you want to accentuate is the dotted crotchet, and yes three times.
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#5
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I think 8/8 would be:

Da-di-da-di-da-di-da-di-da-di-da-di-da-di-da-di

Because the way you put it looks like 8/4. Wait, the way you put it is fine, because the accented beat would be a quaver, so thats ok as well.

In 9/8 the beat you want to accentuate is the dotted crotchet, and yes three times.

Yeah, I was wondering about which way would be the clearest to comprehend what I meant. Thank you, that's pretty much what I was after. So it seems many songs I listen to would technically be in 8/8... but it really doesn't matter as such, just personal preference I guess as to what to write.