I’m having difficulty understanding certain time signatures. For example, 4/4, means 4 beats per measure or 4 quarter notes per measure. 3/4 would be 3 quarter notes per measure. That’s easy.
What about 2/4? Can I think of this as a combination of two bars with two beats each, meaning it’s half of 4/4?
I have some sheet music with 9/8, 6/4, 5/4 and 12/8. I’m lost here… I do understand there will be 9 eight notes, 6 quarter notes, 5 quarter, and 12 eight notes. But that’s really confusing especially if the time signature changes a few times in one song.
Can I think of 6/4 as two times 3/4? And 12/8 as… I don’t even know? How do I simplify these weird time signatures?
Also: Could anyone explain a 2/2 time signature? In the sheet music there’s a dotted half note followed by a quarter note which amounts to 4 beats. Where does 2/2 come from?