##### Asked by: Tom Wilson

## What is the point of the bottom number in a time signature?

The bottom number in time signature **tells you what note values those beats are**. If the bottom number is a 4, it means the beats are quarter notes (four quarter notes in a measure).

## Can the bottom number of a time signature be odd?

**Yes, they exist**, but note that they only make sense when also at least one other time signature (with a different denominator) appears in the same piece. A piece with only one time signature, e.g. 3/3, could better be written as 3/4. – Matt L.

## What is basic time signature?

There are three basic types of time signatures: **simple, compound, and complex**. Simple: The most common types of simple time signatures are 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, and 2/2. Sometimes the letter “C” (meaning common time) will be used in place of 4/4. Both C and 4/4 indicate that there are four quarter note beats in each measure.

## What is a 3/4 time signature?

The 3/4 time signature means **there are three quarter notes (or any combination of notes that equals three quarter notes) in every measure**. As we learned in the prior lesson, because there is a 4 on the bottom, the quarter note gets the beat (or pusle). The 3/4 time signature is sometimes called waltz time.

## How many numbers are there in a time signature?

two numbers

The number of notes allowed in each measure is determined by the time signature. As you saw in the time signature examples above, each time signature has **two numbers**: a top number and a bottom number: 2/4 time, 3/4 time, 4/4 time, 3/8 time, 9/8 time, 4/2 time, 3/1 time, and so on.

## How do you calculate cut time?

*All the notes.*

## Can you have a 3 on the bottom of a time signature?

So why can’t we just put a three at the bottom of the time signature? Because **there is simply nothing we can denote as a three note** – every time signature must have a note represented in the bottom number and 3 is not represented by any particular type of note.

## Is there a 5 4 time signature?

Along with 3/4, **5/4 is the best time signature to get you started on the world of odd-time signatures**. Think of it as 4/4 with an extra quarter note. This means you’ll be counting to five instead of four. You can subdivide 5/4 into smaller groupings of 2 and 3 counts.

## Is there a 6’4 time signature?

*If a song is in six four time that means that there are six evenly spaced beats in each. Bar a great example of six four is schism.*

## What is the weirdest time signature?

**14 Musical Works In The Most Unusual Time Signatures**

- The First Circle by the Pat Metheny Group: 12/8, 22/8.
- The Terminator main theme, by Brad Fiedel: 13/8. …
- Mario Kart 64 (video game), music by Kenta Nagata, at the race results screen: 11/8.
- Crystalline by Björk: partially in 17/8.

## What is the difference 2 4 and 3/4 time signature?

The difference – is **the top number**. The top number in this instance tells us that we’re going to have 2 quarter beats in each measure instead of 3 like we did with the 3/4 time signature.

## What is difference between to fourth and 3/4 time signature?

**A 4/4 time signature has four quarter-note beats per measure, whereas a 3/4 time signature has three quarter-note beats per measure**.

## What are the 4 types of time signatures?

There are various types of time signatures, including: simple (such as 3/4 or 4/4), compound (e.g., 9/8 or 12/8), complex (e.g., 5/4 or 7/8), mixed (e.g., 5/8 & 3/8 or 6/8 & 3/4), additive (e.g., 3+2+3/8), fractional (e.g., 2½/4), and irrational meters (e.g., 3/10 or 5/24).

## What does the second number mean in a time signature?

The two numbers in a time signature tell you **how many of one kind of note there are in each measure in the song**. For example, means that there are four beats in each measure and the quarter note gets one beat.

## Is there a 4/8 time signature?

*And 4 8 is pretty rare in classical music since 2 4 looks the same and is so much more common. But if you really look you can find some examples.*

## Is cut time the same as 4 4?

**Cut time (or “cut common time”) is a 4/4 time signature** that’s been rhythmically “cut” to manipulate rhythm and/or tempo. Cut time can be written as 2/2, or as a c-shaped symbol with a vertical slash (see image).

## What is a 3 2 time signature?

3/2 time signature is classified as **simple triple meter**: There are 3 beats per measure (bar ) and each beat is divided by 2.

## Is there a 1/4 time signature?

Each of these ratios is known as a “time signature”, or “meter”. It is possible to have any positive integer in the numerator of a time signature: so **1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, and so on, are all valid time signatures**.

## Is there a 2 1 time signature?

Re: Time Signature 2/1

So half notes would be like eight notes (1 and), and quarters like 16ths (1 e and a). Chris has it right, Malcolm. Just to add to that, it’s like any other time signature- **2 whole notes to the bar and a whole note gets one beat**.

## What is a 4 2 time signature?

4/2 time signature is classified as simple quadruple meter: **There are 4 beats per measure and each beat is divided by 2**. The value of one beat is . You will notice the use of the note value called double-whole note (breve. ) in the last measure of this musical sample.