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MAKE A SONG WITH A 6/8 TIME SIGNATURE
Coming from the origins of classical music, 6/8 (or sometimes written as 6⁄8) is a wonderfully versatile and popular time signature. It’s widely used in various genres from classical to jazz, country and pop. Here, we’ll explore what 6/8 time is, how to count it and its application in music.
What is 6/8 Time?
6/8 time is a compound time signature meaning it is composed of two groups of three beats each. The beats are counted 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and the eighth notes are counted as if they are eighth notes. So, if you’re counting 6/8 time in eighth notes it would go: 1e & a2e & a3e & a4e & a5e & a6e & a. When counting 6/8 time in quarter notes (or crotchets), the count is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Using 6/8 Time
If you’re already comfortable counting in 4/4 time, then 6/8 time should come relatively easy. 6/8 time can also be counted in two-beat chunks, as if playing in 4/4 with an emphasis on the 8th note (i.e. 1e & 2e &, 1e & 2e &, etc.). The emphasis in 6/8 time generally falls on beats 1 and 4.
In music, 6/8 time is often applied to an accompaniment—particularly drums—where it provides a light and bouncy feel. This can be heard in many types of music including pop, jazz, country, and classical. 6/8 time is also used to play triplets and doubling the speed can produce a dancing-style rhythm.
6/8 time is a compound time signature composed of two groups of three beats each. The beats are counted 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and eighth notes are counted 1e & a2e & a3e & a4e & a5e & a6e & a. This time signature can produce a light and bouncy feel and can be used for everything from pop music to jazz, country and classical. Once you learn the basics of how to count 6/8 time, you’ll soon find yourself playing some