#1
Yup, basically, how do I do it? If I have tabs for a song and I know how many beats are in a measure, how do I know what makes one beat (quarter, eighth, etc.)?
Dumb question, but I'm not too good at some aspects of theory
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generally you wing it. learn the rhythm by ear and use the tab for what you play.
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try Musician talk
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just tap it out. if there are 3(or a multiple of 3) beats per measure then its 3-3 timing. if there are 4(or a multiple of 4) beats per measure then its 4-4


EDIT....or mebe thats wrong... u still get the idea though
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#5
4 quarter notes make a whole note.
1 2 3 4...
A quarter note divided by half is an eighth note!
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &...
An eighth note divided by half is a sixteenth note!
And so on... You catch my drift?
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uh.....1 2 3 4 5............ no that didnt fit, i'll try again............1...............2............3.......... nope not that.................1....................2............3............4............ thats it!
if you dont even know how to count in other times you probably don't listen to anything out of 4/4 time
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If the time signature is x/4, then one beat would equal one or more notes which add up to 1/4. If it's x/8, then one beat equals one or more notes that add up to 1/8, etc.
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i have the same prob identifying time signatures... its so confusing
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#10
okay, i actually understand your question.....


it really doesnt matter. you can make a quarter, eighth, etc. get the beat and everything else will just be in smaller increments. Whichever note gets the beat is completely irrelevant to how to song will sound if you understand what I'm talking about.

Ex: Quarter note gets the beat: 4 quarter notes in 4/4 time
Eighth not gets the beat: 8 eighth notes in 8/8 time (which is also simply 4/4 time)


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#12
All meter can be divided in to groups of 2 (simple), 3 (compound), or 2 and 3 (hybrid) beats.

Most pieces utilize accents to... accent certain beats. This can help you to count the beats. Just start on what sounds like a downbeat and count until you hear the downbeat again.

Try finding the time signature of Radiohead's Pyramid Song. It'd be a good exercise.
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i have the same prob identifying time signatures... its so confusing

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In standard 4/4 time, there are 4 quarter notes (4 x 1/4 = 4/4). A quarter note is one count.

When it gets more difficult like 7/8, one measure consists of 7 times an eighth (half of a quarter note).