Asked • 06/10/19

How to tell the time signature of a song by listening?

Every song has some kind of time signature; even if different parts of the song have different time signatures, there is always a time signature. When learning a song by ear and no score, knowing the time signature and where beat 1 is significantly helps understand the rhythmic feel of the song. Is there a simple technique you can use to determine the time signature of a song just by listening?

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David W. answered • 06/11/19

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Music Theory Professor and Composer with 5+ Years Teaching Experience

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