What is this “time signature”?



Asked by: John Rooney

What time signature is this in?






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

What is 4/4 time signature called?

common time

The time signature of a piece of music indicates how many beats are in each measure, and what note value is equivalent to a beat. The most common meter in music is 4/4. It’s so popular that it is often referred to as “common time”.

Is the time signature 2 and 4?

2/4 means there are 2 beats in each measure and a quarter note receives one count. 2/2 means there are 2 beats in each measure and a half note receives one count.



How to read a time signature.

Bottom number Note value
2 Half beats
4 Quarter beats
8 Eighth beats





What are the 4 types of time signatures?

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 the c time signature?

The “C” is known as common time, and is equivalent to 4/4 time. Time signatures are normally centered above the first line of music or words, in combination with the key signature.

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.

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 is fractional time signature?

A denominator in a time signature is based of the fractional division from a whole note. A quarter note is called such due to the fact that it is on quarter (1/4) of a whole note. In 4/4 time, you have four quarters of a whole note with an emphasis (“beat”) on each quarter.

What are the two time signatures?

Time signatures indicating two beats per bar (whether in simple or compound meter) are called duple meter, while those with three beats to the bar are triple meter.

How do you write a time signature?

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.



What time signature is 3 4?

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.

What kind of time signature is 6 8?

compound time signature

6/8 is a compound time signature that conveys a feeling of two, but has 6 beats per measure.

What kind of time signature is 9 8?

compound triple



9/8 time is classified as compound triple. There are three beats (three dotted quarter notes), thus making the meter triple.

What is a 7/8 time signature?

7/8 time contains two simple beats and one compound beat. Again, the order of the beats does not matter. The compound beat can even be positioned between two simple beats. 8/8 time contains two compound beats and one simple beat. Sometimes, people confuse 8/8 with 4/4, since both have 8 eighth notes.