First Challenge of the New Year!
Show off your theory chops with my weekly challenge! You’ll find a new question here every Monday. Please comment to post your reply.
This week’s challenge:
Below is a nightmare of improperly beamed notes. Re-beam these rhythms to show the beat in 12/8 time, and add barlines when needed:
Weekly Music Theory Challenge
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Check back on Friday, January 7th to see if you’re right!
ANSWER for 1/3/22
12/8, like all compound meter time signatures, has misled generations of musicians and students. It’s actually quadruple meter, four beats per measure, with each dotted quarter note beat divided into three eighth notes. The top number in the time signature should say 4, but there’s no number that will convey a dotted quarter note as the beat unit for the bottom number. As a result, compound meter time signatures show the division of the beat, rather than the beat unit. But take heart: just think this the next time you see 12/8:
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