#1
Yeah, so I' m having quite a bad time trying to understand differences between time signatures. I know what they mean, but just cannot get the difference between them. For example, juste take this lazy chromatic riff:
----------------------|- that's in 4/4 ok?
----------------------|
----------------------|
----------------------|-
----------------------|-
-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-|

and then, in 3/4
-----------------|
-----------------|
-----------------|
-----------------|
-----------------|
-1-2-3-4-5-6-|
what's the difference between these two, except for the amount of notes in each bar? I'm a little confused. How can you say when a song is in 3/4, 4/4, 7/9 etc...?
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#2
its the amount of beats per measure
e.g 4/4 is counted 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
and 3/4 is counted 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3
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#3
There are 8 eighth notes in 4/4, 6 eighth notes in 3/4, 4 eighth notes in 2/4, 7 in 7/8, 5 eighth notes in 5/4, etc. Get it now?
#4
There is more to meter than the amount of beats per bar. There are three types of meter (time signatures if you like to call it that); Simple, compound, and hybrid, each containing duple, triple, and quadruple sub-classes.

Simple meter is, well... simple. Duple 2/x, triple 3/x or quadruple 4/x are the only simple meters. 2/x consists of one strong beat, one weak beat. 3/x - one strong followed by two weak. 4/x - strong weak strong weak. All meter, simple compound or hybrid, use the same standard accents for duple, triple, and quadruple.

Compound meter is made up of divisions of 3 beats of the denomination value. Compound duple is 6/x, triple is 9/x, and quadruple - 12/x. This makes sense, right? 2x3 is 6, two divisions of three beats.

Hybrid meter is a mix of at least one compound and one simple pulse. Duple is 5/x, triple is 7/x, quadruple can be 9/x (2-2-2-3, not 3-3-3, which is compound), 10/x, or 11/x.

The rules of strong/weak are only useful if you wish to write music, since there are rules for note duration depending on where it sits. This is why the tie note is so useful.
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#5
hey Chaos if you had read my post, you would have notice the fact that I KNOW what time signature mean, AND the amount of notes ...
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and, thxs Muphin...I GET IT NOW!!!
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