Meter in music
is a reoccurring
pattern of strong
and weak bea
ts. The meter of a western musical piece
is indicated by a number placed atop yet another number. Basically, the bottom number is the type of note being counted (quarter = 4, eighth = 8, etc); the top is the number of these notes
in a measure. In western music
there are two types of meter: simple
Simple meter is composed of 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4, with each beat subdivided into two eigth notes or four sixteenth note
s or eight thirtysecondth notes or 16 sixtyfourth notes, etc. In 2/4, there are two quarter note
s in a measure, in 3/4 3, and in 4/4 there are 4.
meter's upper numbers are always 6, 9, or 12, and their lower numbers are always 8. Each beat is a dotted quarter note and is subdivided
into 3 eighth notes.