Group 2: identifying simple and compound time signatures
When identifying simple and compound time signatures, identify the beat first – is it, for example, a minim? Then count how many beats there are in the bar. Remember, too, to consider the beaming.
Match the time signatures, 3/2, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8, 9/8 to bar numbers 1–6.
Using the following two lists, match each numbered item with the correct letter.
- 1 = a
- 2 = f
- 3 = b
- 4 = e
- 5 = d
- 6 = c
Bar 1:3/2 There are three minim beats in the bar.
Bar 2:4/4 There are four crotchet beats in the bar. Notice that the beaming for the quavers cannot extend across the middle of the bar.
Bar 3:6/8 The beaming shows the first dotted-crotchet beat, and the second consists of a quaver/crotchet rhythm.
Bar 4:3/4 Six quavers in 3/4 can all be beamed together. In 6/8 the beaming of the quavers would have to show the division of the bar into two dotted crotchets: the first three quavers and the last three would be beamed separately.
Bar 5:9/8 The beat is a dotted crotchet and there are three of them.
Bar 6:2/4 Despite the rhythmic complexity, the beaming shows two crotchet beats.