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    How is 1/4 time signature said?

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    Kind of a dumb question I always set my metronomes to 1/4 instead of 4/4.

    Anyway, I've been pronouncing it "one-four" just as I pronounce 4/4 as "four-four".
    Is that right?
    Mentally I wonder whether it's "one fourth" or "quarter" or something else.

    I'm doing a tutorial and have to say it. while explaining something. I can't believe I even have to ask this

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    It's not something that's said often but I would say one four.

    It's not a quarter or a fourth because that's not what it means.
    1/4 in that context means one quarter length note per bar. 4/4 is four quarter notes per bar.

    Do you change your metronome to 1/4 to avoid confusion with 1st beat emphasis?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steenamaroo View Post
    It's not something that's said often but I would say one four.

    It's not a quarter or a fourth because that's not what it means.
    1/4 in that context means one quarter length note per bar. 4/4 is four quarter notes per bar.

    Do you change your metronome to 1/4 to avoid confusion with 1st beat emphasis?
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    Yeah, pretty much.
    When I first used a metronome for guitar playing it was an old school single clicker. Then when I started playing with bands time was kept by tapping a foot or hitting a hi-hat. Then on my first multitrack default metronome was the same.

    Anything more than a single click throws me off . Also speeding up or slowing down tempo is easier for me with 1/4 since instead of having to change the bpm or get caught up in time signatures and all that I can just change where that oh so comforting click fits in with my rhythm. ...does that make sense? i'm not sure how to explain it

    Playing to a 4/4 metronome just throws me all over the place.

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    Cool. I've done that before to save the hassle of putting in tempo changes.
    Nice to know I'm not the only one.

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    You might be setting your metronome to "1/4", but you're still playing in 4/4 or whatever the time signature of the tune is. That's not really important in a playing sense, but it is important if you're writing a tutorial and explaining time signatures to people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAMI View Post
    You might be setting your metronome to "1/4", but you're still playing in 4/4 or whatever the time signature of the tune is. That's not really important in a playing sense, but it is important if you're writing a tutorial and explaining time signatures to people.
    Yeah, yeah, most definitely.

    I'm just explaining this step sequencer. The visualization of the loop changes depending on what your time signature is set as in Ableton. I just wanted to make sure I say "Mine is in 1/4" properly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steenamaroo View Post
    Cool. I've done that before to save the hassle of putting in tempo changes.
    Nice to know I'm not the only one.

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    Not that it matters...
    'One beat to the measure and every quarter note gets a beat..

    Wouldn't that mean it's in 1/1? - they'd all basically become a string of whole notes right?



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