The compound meter's time unit may be divided by three.

Some important points that we must consider in relation to these measures are:

  1. We recognize the compound measures because the numerator (the top number in the time signature) is 6, 9 or 12.
  2. We obtain the note that will occupy a beat by dividing the numerator by 3. For instance a 6/8 measure has 2 beats.
  3. We must add a dot to the notes that occupy a beat.
  4. The denominator (the bottom number) indicates the note that occupies a third of the time unit. For example in a 6/8 measure the eighth note occupies a third of a beat since a beat is occupied by 3 eighth notes or 1 dotted quarter note.

The next table show the above points:

Meter Beats Note in
one beat
Note in one
measure
6
8
2
9
8
3
12
8
4
6
4
2
9
4
3
12
4
4

See Reading Music in the Tutorials section.




    
  teoria.comonGoogle+

Search   •    Write to us


Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
José Rodríguez Alvira.