[Dixielandjazz] Timing and tempo
rebecca.e.thompson at verizon.net
Mon Feb 9 14:09:10 PST 2004
Rebecca kicked off this thread with
"Does the time signature reflect the tempo? or is that an arbitrary thing?"
To which John Farrell replied :
- with the greatest respect to Rebecca in view of the nature of her
question she clearly has little expertise in musical technicalities.
To which Rebecca replies:
I took piano lessons for about 10 years and actually remember quite a bit of
theory. However, my husband, the drummer [what does he know? ;-) ], and I
have had numerous discussions about the time signature and I really couldn't
give an answer about Cut Time vs. 2/4. He was more inclined to think it had
to do with tempo and from some of the answers I have read, I think there are
others on the list who must think the same thing.
Evidently when a song has 2/4 in the midst of 4/4, there is a reason to
change something other than the beat. Otherwise you could continue to give
the quarter note one beat and nothing would change. There is where I need
more technical information.
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