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Thread: 3/4 or 6/8????

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    Village hooligan Dr. Jimmy's Avatar
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    3/4 or 6/8????

    Dumb question, but what is the difference between the two? I get confused counting the two. Can someone please explain, or give examples of tunes in eash???

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    6/8 is _two_ triplet beats. The N/8 signatures are called "compound time" signatures. A beat in compound time is a dotted 1/4 note.

    6/8 is analogous to 2/4. You can notate two triplet beats in either signature. In 6/8 the beat is already 3 1/8 notes in 2/4 you would have to add the '3' to notate the triplets since a beat is a straight 1/4 note.

    3/4 on the other hand is _three_ 1/4 note beats in "simple time".

    9/8 is then the "equivalent" of 3/4.

    That might have made it worse...but thats how it is..

    EDIT: Oh well the link came in the crossfire . .
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    Hmmmmm..... kinda clears it up, a little.


    The way I've been trying to get my feeble brain around it is to remember that Manic Depression is in 3/4 and Love Reign O'er Me is in 6/8 (I think....)

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    think of it like this:

    6/8 can be divided into two, and still make sense

    3/4 can't be easily divided into two

    6/8 is called a compound signature becuz it can be used like a quick 3/4 but its main use is by dividing the beats into two 123 456 123 456

    so..

    3/4

    1 2 3, 1 2 3, 1 2 3

    6/8

    12 34 56, 12 34 56 OR (most common) 123 456, 123 456

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    I think of it as 3/4 the quarter note gets the beat, 6/8 the 8th note gets the beat.

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    If you hear a triplet figure between each beat then it is in 6/8.

    Correct me if I'm wrong but Seal's "Kiss from a rose" is in 6/8. Check the song out and you'll see what I mean. The drummer plays a triplet on his hi-hat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Jimmy
    Dumb question, but what is the difference between the two? I get confused counting the two. Can someone please explain, or give examples of tunes in eash???

    Thanks!
    Bill
    What they all said, and these examples: 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' (the intro and verses) are in 3/4 - 'All Blues' by M. davis is in 6/8. So is 'Footprints' by Wayne Shorter...it's where the pulse lies.
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