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RECOGNZING TIME SIGNATURES...?


Hi Everyone...

Just a quick question that's thrown me a bit.

In The RGT exams there are questions asked int he theory section about recognizing a time signature.

This is straight forward enough when there is a beat but they play a melody (no count in) some also have "pick up" notes at the start...and ask the student to tell if its 4/4 3/4 6/8 or 12/8..

Ive had a few students find problems telling the difference between 6/8 and 12/8 mostly...?

Has anyone any tips on telling the difference...?

As I say with a beat behind it - it would be easy but with just a melody its very hard to tell where beat 1/new bar comes in again...?

Any tips appreciated...

Cheers

James

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Re: RECOGNZING TIME SIGNATURES...?


James,

I'm not terribly familiar with RGT exams, but from what I know with a couple years of music theory, my suggestion would be to listen for a "macro" pulse. I assume the student may only listen to examples, and not allowed to look at written sheet music (sans time signatures of course). What I mean by that is the "big" pulse. In 6/8, one typically gets more of a dance feel, and the eighth notes are quite a bit slower.

In 12/8, I would argue that you have a noticeable difference between beat one and beat three, beat one being the biggest, three being slightly less, and beats two and four as the least. Considering that there are 4 beats per measure and only 2 beats in 6/8, this would be the most obvious difference. Unfortunately, depending on the music or the composer, both time signatures are phonically the same thing.
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Cheers for the reply - not on here much these days but thanks for posting...emoticon

James

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