time signature, musical time signature(noun)
a musical notation indicating the number of beats to a measure and kind of note that takes a beat
A numerical sign placed on a stave to indicate the meter; the numerator is the number of beats per bar, the denominator represents the value of each beat
The time signature is a notational convention used in Western musical notation to specify how many beats are in each bar and which note value constitutes one beat. In a musical score, the time signature appears at the beginning of the piece, as a time symbol or stacked numerals, such as or 3 4, immediately following the key signature or immediately following the clef symbol if the key signature is empty. A mid-score time signature, usually immediately following a barline, indicates a change of meter. There are various types of time signatures, depending on whether the music follows simple rhythms or involves unusual shifting tempos, including: simple, compound, complex, mixed, additive, fractional, irrational meters, or other meters.
The numerical value of time signature in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of time signature in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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