Composing Music

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Mykk / Mykk Freeman 1yr+8mo ago
Time signatures and what they mean? The two numbers in the time signature tell you how many beats are in each measure of music. A piece with a time signature of 4/4 has four quarter note beats; each measure with a 3/4 meter has three-quarter note beats, and each measure of 2/4 time has two quarter note beats. ... It means each measure has only four beats. The top number of the time signature tells you how many beats to count. This could be any number. Most often the number of beats will fall between 2 and 12. The bottom number tells you what kind of note to count. That is, whether to count the beats as quarter notes, eighth notes, or sixteenth notes. So the only numbers you will see as the bottom number (the denominator) will correspond to note values:



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LeRoc   commented 1yr+8mo ago

Just to make it a bit more complicated :) How do you count 6/8? I'm used to grouping the notes together in sets of three. So, I would write the tempo as (dotted crotchet)=60 and this is how I'd count it, whereas other people would perhaps write (quaver)=180. I guess it depends on what you learned when you first studied music.

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sriracha   commented 1yr+8mo ago

6/8, or any flavor of *3/8 is typically represented in groupings of 3 under a bar and counted in threes - that's the triplet feel of the meter.


Mykk   commented 1yr+8mo ago

Ya know what I do not understand? CODA and how to properly write into the score. Say I get to the 50th measure and want to go back to the 15th. What would I need to do? I'm sure I am missing something simple.