[Dixielandjazz] Timing question

Dan Augustine ds.augustine at mail.utexas.edu
Sun Feb 8 22:46:17 PST 2004

>From: "Ken Gates" <keng at iswest.com>
>Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2004 20:30:44 -0800
>This will not be of general interest.  Maybe someone with patience
>will explain--off list--the differences of 2/2,  2/4, and "cut" time.
>Was a listener--stayed out of---a disagreeable argument concerning
>how to play "After You've Gone" and this subject came up.
>Ken Gates
>keng at iswest.com
Ken and DJML--
     The differences among 2/2, 2/4, and 'cut time' are notational. 
In all of these time-signatures (or 'meters'), there are two beats in 
the bar.  In 2/2, the half-note is a beat; in 2/4, the quarter-note 
is a beat. In 'cut time' (usually represented by a large capital 
letter 'C' with a vertical bar through it), the half-note also gets 
the beat.
     Hope that helps.

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