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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000149.txt from 2001/02

From: "Dee D. Hays" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] 12/8 time
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 2001 19:02:33 -0500

----- Original Message -----
From: <>
Subject: [kl] 12/8 time

> does anyone know what the different ways to count 12/8 time are? I'm a
> confused. Are they you can either give a beat to each 8th note, play 2
> triplets, or each two notes a beat?

Several others have already answered showing the many legitimate ways to
divide this. Which particular one applies will depend on the music and its
tempo. A very slow piece will probably be beat as 12 beats to the measure
with an 1/8 note getting a beat. If it is a quick "Irish jig" type tune,
then it would be 4 triplets to the measure. Contemporary works will
generally give a tempo marking that the conductor will interpret to come up
with the particular way to count that piece.

Dee Hays

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