[Dixielandjazz] Timing and tempo

Russ Guarino russg at redshift.com
Mon Feb 9 10:39:09 PST 2004

"Cut Time" is usually a faster tempo.  2/2 is usually a slow tempo and is
seen in classical material. 2/4 is seen not as much any more.

Russ Guarino

Thompson wrote:

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