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Subject: Music

Topic: Music Theory - grouping notes

Why is it that in 3/4 where you have 'strong, weak, weak' beats, you cannot group the 2nd and 3rd beat (weak, weak) but in 6/8 where you have 'strong, weak, weak, strong, weak, weak', you can group the quavers if they were 'weak, weak'? So for example, in 6/8 where you would have a semi-quaver rest at the start of the bar and then beamed quavers etc.

In looking at 3/4 grouping rules alone, I thought you cannot group weak-weak but can only group strong-weak. After looking at 6/8, it clearly is not so? If it in fact has to do with 'the best representation to stress the beats', how can we find a rule that is useful for exam purposes?

Please help me here.

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