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Lesson 5: Review of time signatures – Simple, compound, and complex

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there are three types of time signatures simple time which includes any time signature with the upper number the number of beats in each bar / - such as two eight two four four eight four four six four eight eight eight four and so forth in this category we also include three four and three eight in compound type signatures the beat can be broken down into three as we've discussed like six eight nine eight twelve eight fifteen eight we also have asymmetrical time signatures also called complex or irregular time which generally contain five or seven beats let's look at a few of these at the end of Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe he wrote his wild finale in 5/4 a fast five four in general the five is divided into three plus two when we listen to the end of the Firebird we first hear 7/4 in a fast tempo divided into 3 plus 2 plus 2 or 2 plus 2 plus 3 after a few measures Stravinsky instructs us to play the material twice slower and the 7/4 becomes a slow 7/4 but still divided into 3 plus 2 plus 2 or 2 plus 2 plus 3 you