Question about time signature
Last Post 04 Jul 2011 09:07 AM by nolimore. 4 Replies.
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Roulete

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    22 Jun 2011 10:26 AM

    So I was playing around with a beat and I got a pretty decent chord progression going however I think it loops too fast. Right now its a 3 bar loop playing at a 4/4 and it feels theres not enough pause inbetween the last note and when it repeats. So I started playing around with the time signatures to get my loop just right , and I was wondering do most people typically stick to a 4/4 time signature, or do you guys work with others on beats?

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    24 Jun 2011 12:53 AM
    A 3 bar phrase in 4/4 feels odd. 12 quarter note beats (4x3). When you count and feel.

    You could substitute the time signature as:

    6/4, and have a 2 bar phrase (6x2=12 quarter note beats)
    12/8 and have 1 bar phrase

    12/8 sounds like an old R&B/blues thing??? with an eighth note, triplet-feel pulse. 1,4,7,10 (down and upbeats)

    Hint: Listen out for the 'downbeat' 'the one' (the first beat of the bar), when you sing the beat (accent the downbeat, the upbeats should follow) to workout the time signature.

    Working phrases in multiples of 2 is much more elegant and less messy e.g. 2, 4, 8, 12. This is a defacto that most composers follow.

    6/4 is a better time signature in relation to your issue, I feel.
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    25 Jun 2011 05:00 AM
    Oh I forgot,

    12 beats = 3/4 (4 bars of 3/4)

    The downbeat is different to the previous - 6/4

    So you can have 3/4 and 6/4

    just showing off to get it correct.
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    01 Jul 2011 04:12 PM
    I have been on da beats  for a lil now and still do not fully grasp the bar/beat thing or the notes. Can you explain better to me?
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    04 Jul 2011 09:07 AM
    Usually, start the count where the chord changes. Stop the count when the next chord change comes in. In most cases this is how it is done, I find.
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