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    Hi David,

    I just finished lesson #8 and have a general time signature question. How is it decided what time signature a piece of music is written in? I mean is a piece of music written in 3/4 time actually going to sound different than a piece written in 6/8 time? Or even 3/4 time? A beat is a beat isn't it? What dictates the breaking down of measures?

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    Very good question!
    In essence, you are right... The song will sound exactly the same.
    The actual key signature when deciding between 3/4 of 6/8 will be determined by the clarity of reading.
    If your song has a lot of 8th notes, it would make sense to use a 3/8 signature. You could of course write it in 3/4, but it would just be a bit harder to read..
    Does that make sense?

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    Thanks David. Now I don't have to wonder anymore about this.

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    the main difference will be the pulse if there are three distinct pulses it will be in 3/4 1 + 2 + 3 + however if there are two distinct pulses in a triplet feel you'd use 6/8 1 and uh 2 and uh each group uses 8th notes but one splits it into 3 groups of 8ths or in 6/8 time 2 groups of 3 8th notes

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    Thanks David & Kris,

    It makes sense and that's kind of what I figured but now I know. I just wasn't sure if I was missing something.

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