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sally1988
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3/9/2007
posted: 3/9/2007 at 2:02:46 AM ET
1. what is the time signature?
i should answer 4/4 or write 4 crotchet beats in bar
2. What does it mean?
4 crotchet beats in bar.
is all the answer above can accept?

ottoflood
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3/18/2007
posted: 3/18/2007 at 12:13:37 PM ET
A time signature tells for the top number; how many beats in a measure, and the bottom number; which note gets one beat.
For example, 4/4 time means that there are 4 beats to a measure and the quarter note gets one beat. 3/4 time means that there are 3 beats to a measure and the quarter note gets one beat.

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maintube
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5/26/2004
posted: 3/18/2007 at 12:53:07 PM ET
If the question is, "What is THE key signature?" then 4/4 (or whatever it might be) is the simple answer.

If the question is "What is A key signature?" then see the above answer.

music-man
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3/21/2007
posted: 3/21/2007 at 12:48:17 PM ET

quote:
If the question is, "What is THE key signature?" then 4/4 (or whatever it might be) is the simple answer.

If the question is "What is A key signature?" then see the above answer.
Time signature or key signature???

maintube
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posted: 3/21/2007 at 8:24:59 PM ET
You are, of course, correct. I meant TIME signature. Must have been an LSD flashback.

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