#1

I've been struggling to understand time signatures, but I think I understand it now.

So the numerator is the number of beats per measure, and the denominator is the kind of note (whole, half, etc.). One quarter note equals one beat, one half note equals two beats, etc. Measures are there to divide the music up into manageable sections and to show where to accent certain notes, but are otherwise unimportant (e.g. if you don't accent notes, 3/4 is the same as 4/4).

Is that it? Do I have it correct?

So the numerator is the number of beats per measure, and the denominator is the kind of note (whole, half, etc.). One quarter note equals one beat, one half note equals two beats, etc. Measures are there to divide the music up into manageable sections and to show where to accent certain notes, but are otherwise unimportant (e.g. if you don't accent notes, 3/4 is the same as 4/4).

Is that it? Do I have it correct?

#2

C = common time

4/4 = there are four beats per measure, one beat in each measure is

equivalent to a quarter note

3/4 = 2 beats per measure, each note still ='s a quarter note

6/8 = 6 beats per measure. notice the eight as denominator, that means each beat would be an eight note. (quarter = 2 beats, half note, 4 beats etc..)

Hoped that Helped

4/4 = there are four beats per measure, one beat in each measure is

equivalent to a quarter note

3/4 = 2 beats per measure, each note still ='s a quarter note

6/8 = 6 beats per measure. notice the eight as denominator, that means each beat would be an eight note. (quarter = 2 beats, half note, 4 beats etc..)

Hoped that Helped

#3

In 3/4 time there are 3 beats per measure isnt it?

2/4 has 2 quarter notes per measure

2/4 has 2 quarter notes per measure

#4

oh damn, yeah sry bout that 3 beats

#5

i was confusing myself, sorry bout that

#6

Basically the definition of a Time Signature, the Denominator tells you what kind of note it is

X/2 means there's half notes

X/4 means there's quarter notes

X/ 8 means theres eight notes

X/16.. *I guess* means there's 16 notes etc.

The numerator tells you how many of that particular type of note is in each measure

4/X means there 4 of what ever type of beat in each measure

3/X means theres 3 of what ever type of beat in each measure

et.

X/2 means there's half notes

X/4 means there's quarter notes

X/ 8 means theres eight notes

X/16.. *I guess* means there's 16 notes etc.

The numerator tells you how many of that particular type of note is in each measure

4/X means there 4 of what ever type of beat in each measure

3/X means theres 3 of what ever type of beat in each measure

et.

#7

But the number of beats per measure doesn't change anything except the accented notes, correct?

#8

Listen to Meshuggah. They throw your sense of time signatures right out the bloody window.

#9

But the number of beats per measure doesn't change anything except the accented notes, correct?

Changes your downbeat.

#10

you'd have to get yourself a simple music book, there are so many little details and exeptions,but once you get the basics, its not overly complicated, i find. (Y)

#11

Listen to Meshuggah. They throw your sense of time signatures right out the bloody window.

15/11 to 17/16 to 13/8 with 4 different polyrhythms over it. I bow.