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  • #83514
    Irene C
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    Hello,

    Can someone help answer this question.

    #83515
    jessica-wolff
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    I probably have a lot of nerve answering this question, but it seems to me that when you are in a key with sharps, you would express an augmented interval as a sharp. A diminished interval too. Or is that not what you meant?

    #83516
    Tacye
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    The 1st note to the 4th note of the major scale is a perfect 4th.

    #83517
    Irene C
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    Thank you for your replies,

    #83518
    brian-noel
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    This is not a hard and fast rule, but the higher the number in the denominator of the time signature fraction (the “8” in “3/8”) time, the faster the tempo.

    #83519
    Irene C
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    Thanks Brian,

    I still can’t figure it out,

    #83520
    brian-noel
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    Hi Irene,

    This sounds to me like a 2/4 bar, though it could theoretically be a 4/8 bar as well, but 2/4 is much more common.

    #83521
    Tacye
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    Play it, or clap it, and see if it sounds better with two accents per bar as 2/4 or four accents (of uneven strength) as 4/8.

    #83522
    Irene C
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    Thanks, I get it now,

    #83523
    Alison
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    There IS a hard and fast rule, and it has very little to do with tempo !!

    Look at the time signature like a fraction.

    #83524
    sherry-lenox
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    Hi Alison, Could you please indicate where this hard and fast rule resides? I have to say that in all of the years of study I’ve put in, I’ve typically found that there is a relationship between tempo and duration, and that the difference can be and sometimes is reflected in the printed version of pieces.

    As with so many musical questions, I wonder if there is some theory book that says “hard and fast” and some other music theory book that says maybe ok in one version or another.

    Kodaly makes a major issue of teaching duration as being totally divorced from tempo, but I can’t remember any references to the printed note.

    Thanks!

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