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    Question: So this is 3/2 Time Signature?

    Hello there.
    How do I indicate a 12/8 meter with groupings of four tied Quavers?

    I tried figuring out the time signature. Basically it's a waltz but I knew the notes were gonna be Eights, not sixteens. Conclusion it's 3/2

    ta-da-da-da ta-da-da-da ta-da-da-da


    Still I could also use 12/8, because that's what it literally is, but then it would be compound meter I don't want that.
    I want groupings of four Eights.
    But if I used 12/8 in groupings of four Eights, what was it called? Simple Duodecuple?
    That's just mad.

    Thanks anyway, makes my head hot.

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    Re: Question: So this is 3/2 Time Signature?

    Quote Originally Posted by BuddhaMaster View Post
    Hello there.
    How do I indicate a 12/8 meter with groupings of four tied Quavers?

    I tried figuring out the time signature. Basically it's a waltz but I knew the notes were gonna be Eights, not sixteens. Conclusion it's 3/2

    ta-da-da-da ta-da-da-da ta-da-da-da


    Still I could also use 12/8, because that's what it literally is, but then it would be compound meter I don't want that.
    I want groupings of four Eights.
    But if I used 12/8 in groupings of four Eights, what was it called? Simple Duodecuple?
    That's just mad.

    Thanks anyway, makes my head hot.
    I'm running the risk of not exactly understanding what you are asking.

    12/8 time is classified as compound quadruple.
    • There are four beats, thus making the meter quadruple.



    • Since each beat is made up of three notes, the meter is compound.



    • Any time signature with a 12 on top is compound quadruple. 12/8 and 12/16 are the most commonly used.
    • 16/8 might work. I have seen that in a few contemporary pieces.
    • Or rewrite your note values to 16ths.



    Tom

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    Re: Question: So this is 3/2 Time Signature?

    Quote Originally Posted by BuddhaMaster View Post
    Hello there.
    How do I indicate a 12/8 meter with groupings of four tied Quavers?

    I tried figuring out the time signature. Basically it's a waltz but I knew the notes were gonna be Eights, not sixteens. Conclusion it's 3/2

    ta-da-da-da ta-da-da-da ta-da-da-da


    Still I could also use 12/8, because that's what it literally is, but then it would be compound meter I don't want that.
    I want groupings of four Eights.
    ...
    What you are describing is 3/2 time, not 12/8 time. Are you notating this in a notation program?

    If what you want is three groups of four eight notes you need to make the time signature 3/2, anything else will confuse the players.

    Yes 12/8, 6/4 and 3/2 are all "mathematically" the same but each is "felt" differently. (also 2.5/1 and 24/16 are also "mathematically" the same :-) ).
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    // Ars longa, vita brevis
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