I have a few questions, but due to time constraints I'll just ask a few now. Could someone explain to me the importance of a measure? Why do we have to define time as say 3/4 and then work so hard (not really, but you get the point) to get it to fit into segments of 3 beats a piece? Why not just no bars? Wouldn't be simpler? And also, why is 4/4 so common? I know it's probably because people grow up hearing 4/4 and think in it mainly, but why did the people before that use it? And for example, is a whole note (4 quarters combined in 4/4) still the same length in say 12/8? Thanks for listening to my random question splurge, -Bernard.