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.
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