# Topic: Question: So this is 3/2 Time Signature?

1. ## 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?

Thanks anyway, makes my head hot.

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

Originally Posted by BuddhaMaster
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?

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

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

Originally Posted by BuddhaMaster
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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