I'm reading up on it and I'm wondering....What is the difference between 4/4, 4/8, or 4/2? Thanks
well i thkn if it's like 6/4 it's 6 notes to 4 beats. if it's like 4/8 then it's 4 notes that last for 8 beats. i think
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The top number means how many beats in a bar. The bottom number shows how much a quarter note is worth. In 4/4 time, you have 4 beats per bar, and a 4 on the bottom means that a quarter note gets one beat.

If the bottom number is a 2, then a quarter note would get a half beat. That means that a half note gets a full beat. If the bottom number was 8, then an eighth note would get a full beat.

However, when in 6/8 time, we often count in 2. We can count in 6, but it is a rather fast count so we just count in 2s.

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Last edited by justin_fraser at Mar 10, 2007,
As far as sound, there is no difference. A song could be written in 4/4, 4/8, or 4/2 and sound exactly the same. The difference is in notation. 4/4 means that there are 4 (top number) beats to a bar and the quarter note (bottom number) gets the beat. 4/8 means that there are 4 (top number) beats to a bar and the eigth note (bottom number) gets the beat. 4/2 means that there are 4 (top number) beats to a bar and the half note (bottom number) gets the beat.

This is for simple time. Compound time is different. Run a search if you do not know about compound time.
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...when in 6/8 time, we often count in 2. We can count in 6, but it is a rather fast count so we just count in 2s. Hope that all made sense.
We don't often count in two, we always count in two in 6/8 time. Always. Every time. Every single time, without exception. In each and every instance. Without fail, we count in two in 6/8 time.

I'm not picking on Justin, as apparently this misconception is rampant throughout the guitar-playing world. But please everyone, all together now, get it out of your heads once and for all that the top number always gives the number of beats per measure, and the bottom number always indicates which note gets the beat.

Time signatures do work this way if they're simple time signatures, but they don't work this way if they're compound time signatures.

If you don't understand what you've just read, please take this introductory lesson on time signatures.

One of the things that identifies a musician as a professional is his or her understanding and proper interpretation of time signatures. Be professional. And have a great day!

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We don't often count in two, we always count in two in 6/8 time. Always. Every time. Every single time, without exception. In each and every instance. Without fail, we count in two in 6/8 time.

I'm not picking on Justin, as apparently this misconception is rampant throughout the guitar-playing world. But please everyone, all together now, get it out of your heads once and for all that the top number always gives the number of beats per measure, and the bottom number always indicates which note gets the beat.

Time signatures do work this way if they're simple time signatures, but they don't work this way if they're compound time signatures.

If you don't understand what you've just read, please take this introductory lesson on time signatures.

One of the things that identifies a musician as a professional is his or her understanding and proper interpretation of time signatures. Be professional. And have a great day!

gpb

Oh, ummm, ok. This guy didnt understand what 4/4 time meant, never mind some crazy compound time signatures bud. Damn.
justin, that was easily the most inspiring, helpful piece of advice anyone has ever given me in regards to my musical pursuits.

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No no no, this is important stuff.

Oh no doubt. But I imagine the threadstarter if having a tough time with the first stuff nevermind that crazy stuff. Sorry if i came across as ignorant before. That wasnt my intention.