What's the Time Signature?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Stickk, Feb 2, 2009.


  1. Stickk

    Stickk

    Sep 2, 2008
    Jambi
    I wrote a song last night (mostly in 10/4), and I can't quite seem to count the chorus. It goes 4 quarter notes, an eighth note, 4 quarter notes, a sixteenth note, 4 quarter notes, an eighth note, 4 quarter notes, a sixteenth note, and four quarter notes, a sixteenth note. Anyone know what this time sig is?
     
  2. fretlessman71

    fretlessman71 Still beats havin' a job Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    FoCo, NoCo
    It's not ONE time sig, but about 3 or 4. Your best bet is to look for the heavy downbeats, divide it up that way, and then count beats between them to figure it out.

    What you described could be 2/4, 5/8, 2/4, 9/16, and so on...
     
  3. well, to be sure, record it and post a link in here. looks like 9/8 2/4 9/16. but i'll have to hear it to be sure
     
  4. beggar98

    beggar98

    Jan 23, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Should a bar of 9/8, a bar of 17/16, a bar or 9/8, two bars of 17/16.
     
  5. Stickk

    Stickk

    Sep 2, 2008
    Jambi
    Thank you.
     
  6. Audiophage

    Audiophage

    Jan 9, 2005
    I wouldn't necessarily call it 9/8 as that implies complex time, as in 3 beats of 3/8. Without hearing it and judging by Stickk talking about it as 4 quarters and an eighth, I would assume that we are talking about duple time.

    Depending on how your smaller subdivisions are phrased with the 4 quarter notes, you could literally write it as 4/4, 1/8, 4/4, 1/16, and so on.
     
  7. Hoover

    Hoover Inactive

    Nov 2, 2007
    New York City

    ^^^ gets it.
     
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