[Dixielandjazz] Timing and tempo

Kurt bowermastergroup at qwest.net
Mon Feb 9 10:24:57 PST 2004

This link might help clarify some basic music questions...


-----Original Message-----
From: dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com
[mailto:dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com]On Behalf Of Thompson
Sent: Monday, February 09, 2004 10:24 AM
To: Dan Augustine; DJML
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Timing and tempo

Does the time signature reflect the tempo? or is that an arbitrary thing?


-----Original Message-----
From:  Of Dan Augustine
     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.

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