# What do these unusual time signature symbols mean?

##### Asked by: Ruth Williams

Basically, they are symbols from an earlier time period where notation values tended to be more ambiguous but still more rigid than Gregorian notations. Of the mensural time signatures in use then only the ones for 4/4 and alla breve have survived in modified form.

## What does unusual time signatures mean?

“Unusual” is here defined to be any time signature other than simple time signatures with top numerals of 2, 3, or 4 and bottom numerals of 2, 4, or 8, and compound time signatures with top numerals of 6, 9, or 12 and bottom numerals 4, 8, or 16.

## What are the 4 types of time signatures?

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.

## What do time signature patterns mean?

A time signature tells you how the music is to be counted. The time signature is written at the beginning of the staff after the clef and key signature. Time signatures consist of two numbers written like a fraction. The top number of the time signature tells you how many beats to count. This could be any number.

## How do you read odd time signatures?

If I had a sixteen down there it would mean four sixteenth notes. And that's just telling us how many beats are in my measure in a measure of 4/4. I have four quarter notes that's just four beats.

## What song has the weirdest time signature?

Odd Time Signature Examples & The Musicians Who Love Them

• The 7 Best Songs With Unique Time Signatures. …
• Rush – Tom Sawyer (⅞ time) …
• Pink Floyd – Money (7/4 time) …
• The Beatles – Happiness Is a Warm Gun (4/4, 5/5, 9/8, 10/8, and on and on) …
• Outkast – Hey Ya! …
• Radiohead – 15 step (5/4 Time) …
• MGMT – Electric Feel (6/4 time)

## What means odd time?

DEFINITIONS1. a short period of free time. Come and look at my photos when you’ve got the odd few minutes. I’ll phone her when I can find the odd moment. Synonyms and related words.

## What is the symbol of time signature?

Time signatures consist of two numerals, one stacked above the other: The lower numeral indicates the note value that represents one beat (the beat unit). The upper numeral indicates how many such beats there are grouped together in a bar.

## What is triple time signature?

triple meter, also known as triple time) is a musical metre characterized by a primary division of 3 beats to the bar, usually indicated by 3 (simple) or 9 (compound) in the upper figure of the time signature, with 3. 4, 3. 2, 3. 8 and 9. 8 being the most common examples.

## What time signature is this?

If it's six we have six beats in a bar.

## What is odd meter in music?

What are odd meters? Odd meters (as in strange ones) are those with no easy way to divide their sub-beats into equal groups. Take 7/4 for example. You can’t easily divide its beats into equal groups of two or three.

## How do you calculate irregular time?

There are three quavers at the very start of the bar. The next two crotchets both contain two graves. Each therefore there are seven quavers in the bar.

## What time signature is black dog in?

This song has a 9/8 intro with some varying hi-hat openings to allow the groove to breathe. At the chorus, the song changes to a much more comfortable 4/4 groove for three measures before reprising a measure of 9/8.

## What time signature is myxomatosis in?

Similarly, though the riff in Myxomatosis technically works out to 4/4 – more accurately 16/8 – the rhythm is cut up into awkward jerky phrases that can be quite off putting.

## What time signature is time by Pink Floyd in?

One of the “lamest” edit wars was over the time signature for the Pink Floyd song “Money.” The entry reads: “Sure, it’s a song with an odd rhythm, but what exactly is the time signature? The band, which had no formal musical training, have said 7/8, most people say 7/4, experts will go as far as to say 21/8.”

## What time signature is rock and roll?

4/4 Time

4/4 Time Signature. Major tonality using mainly simple and repetitive Primary Chords – I, IV & V with slow Harmonic Rhythm often in the 12-Bar Blues Structure: I, I, I, I, IV, IV, I, I, V, IV, I, I.

## What time signature is most rock music?

There are a number of time signatures one can choose to use, but the majority of music (not just rock, pop, and electro) is in 4/4 time. 4/4 time is also known as “common time” because it is the most common time we use in Western music.