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Thread: Time Signatures

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    Time Signatures

    Hi guys! I'm very much into prog music which features a lot of different time signatures. I want to compose this type of music and I believe that to make mmy riffs sound "prog" I should go learn this. Know any article or site which explains this so I can understand and use them?

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    Any basic theory book will explain them. They're basically fractions.

    The top number tells you how many beats per measure you have and the bottom number tells you what's the value. For instance:

    11/8 = 11 8th notes per measure. That brings up the whole thing with accent displacement and all that (duple meter vs triple meter etc). James has a GREAT article on that matter check it out on IBM's article section.

    I hope this helps.
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    What's the title of the article?

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    How about a link?
    Here it is:

    http://www.ibreathemusic.com/article/101
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    i actually have a question about time signatures too, but not how they work so-to-say...

    what are the importances of time signatures in general, but not in rock music, or music with strong beats or percussion. In classical music, say Bach, if he wrote a song in 4/8, what would be significantly different in a piece that was 2/4? Yes, they are both simple meters, yet different, but i'm almost certain the piece itself would sound the exact same.

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    Asperjames II, it has to do mostly with harmonic rhythm, which means (simplified) after how many beats the chord changes. In 2/4 you should see things like C C G G C C G G more and in 4/4 you should see C C C C G G G G more.
    The first beat also has an emphasis (also because of the harmonic rhythm) which will sound like ONE two ONE two in 2/4 and ONE two three four ONE two three four in 4/4
    Stop talking about modes and start working on your groove.

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