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surely the best is 25/24...
I've written so many great waltzes
3/4 wins by the proverbial country mile.
7/4 comes close 2nd. 6/8 comes close 3rd
and 4/4 isnt really worht mentioning cos its not really a time signature
6/8 is good.
To be honest I've never fully understood time signatures.
Whats the difference between 3/4 and 6/8?
I just accept it without question. Which also reminds me, why do clarinets need to transpose again?
I did a session with a band the other day, and sorta arranged a saxophone part and a trumpet part.
The saxophone was an 'E flat' and the trumpet was a 'B flat'
Fucking weird. A note is a note, why did the people that invented those instruments want to fuck with things. I figured it out, but it took a while to make sense of it, especially as I don't read music.
3/4 for an 'oom pa pa'
and 6/8 for a 'boom ting ting whack ting ting'
is compound - ie 2 sets of three
3/8 is simple time.
what i said
eachother, i choose a boom tin tin whack ting ting rhythm please
3/4 is ONE and Two and Three and
6/8 is ONE two three FOUR five six
If you know the tune "America" from West Side Story, it swaps between the two:
I like to be in America!
O.K. by me in America!
Ev'rything free in America
For a small fee in America!
The first half of every line is in 6/8, while "-me-ri-ca" is 3/4.
yes I can only play in this time signature now
i just lolled. but serious 3/4 or 9/7
but everything is more fun if you make a ridiculous song that has something like 3/4, 6/8, 9/8 then 7/8. i used to be in a band with someone who loved time signatures.. although they're great fun to play if you're a drummer..
I think 9/8 is my favourite at the moment, though any compound signature is good as it means you can do hemiolas (e.g. alternating between 3/4 and 6/8). Oh, and 15/8 isn't bad either, as you can do 3 groups of 5 versus 5 groups of 3.
I've just realised a hemiola in 9/8 would be two bars of 9/8 vs 3 bars of 6/8. I've not tried that one yet...
i thought you would find my post very easily, who else would i be referring too!
9/8 is great.
(i recently did an 'improvised' piece for some neuropsychology experiment a few days ago and used a 6/8 section we did in cfc a long time ago. it went well. thanks.)
Have you not listened to the Ramones?
For 15 albums!
is close to pi.
Seriously though I think larger prime factors are harder to digest in music... the subconious really seems to like powers of 2, and to a lesser extent 3.
More complex time signatures tend to get broken down into 2s and 3s, additively or multiplicately, or sometimes both... eg
6/8: 2 x 3
5/4: 2 + 3
7/4: (2x2) + 3
9/8: 3 x 3
often we'll tolerate a strange time signature because it's just one beat shy of a nice power of two (or 3 times a power of 2)