In this blog post, we are going to go over simple time. This is going to be a detailed lecture on the simple “back or forward beat” called simple time.
Here’s a little nugget of music theory wisdom: simple time normally goes into divisions of two.
People can easily tap to the beat here whereas in compound time (discussed in the last lecture) you would be sometimes hard-pressed to find the beat because of three being the micro-beat and being an odd number. We tend to follow even beats on the macro level rather than the micro level. More in the video.
Hopefully, this lecture clarified your concerns. I will be producing a quick music theory course to help all of you who are beginning in music theory and need help with rhythm.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog post on syncopations and other rhythmic features.
Hello and Welcome to the CJW Music Lessons Blog! Today, we are discussing the intricacies of compound time and subdivisions. We will specifically be teaching on the time signatures of 6/8, 9/8 and some 12/8. It is very important that you understand the differences between simple and compound time. Simple time is usually divisible by 2. Examples include 4/4, 2/2, 2/4 and those types of time signatures. Compound time signatures include “triplet” versions of these very time signatures. For example, 6/8 is basically 2/4, subdivided into groups of 3 each. 9/8 is 3/4 subdivided into groups of 3 micro-beats each. 12/8 is basically 4/4 with micro-beats of 3 each. You will hear me say the term micro-beat very often. Also, you will hear the term macro-beat used. Macro-beat is the large beat. Micro-beat, for our theory purposes is the subdivision.
Take a listen to this video and tell me what you think. I'm always open to new suggestions from fellow music teachers and clinicians. I will be posting the video on the simple time lecture here on the blog, so stay tuned for that. I hope that you're finding these blog posts valuable as nuggets of music theory information to get you through your day. Stay tuned for more music theory tips and lessons.