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This week’s challenge:
What is the correct time signature for a measure with five beats and the dotted eighth note as the beat?
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ANSWER for 4/12/21
The correct time signature is 15/16. This is compound quintuple meter: five beats in the measure, and the dotted eighth note is the beat. The problem with compound meter, of course, is that the bottom number shows the division of the beat (the 16th notes, in this case), rather than the beat itself.
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Cody Lockley says
5x groups of 3 16th notes, or 5 dotted eighths = 15/16
Aron Bernstein says
Way to go, Cody! Compound meter is no match for you!