Category Archives: Counting in musical 12/8 time

Counting 12/8  time is as complex or as simple as you wish it to be. You can just count in 1/8 th notes but my system uses the 1/16 th notes as the probably most useful and frequent subdivision that you will want. My approach takes account of your future needs. I have not seen this method explained anywhere else in this manner.

Method of counting 1/16 th notes in 12/8 time

Many teachers and Music Theory sites will tell you that you count 12/8 time out in 1/8th notes. Well yes this is true but this is only good if you are using 1/8th notes all the time, which is a bit repetitive. To be more musical and creative you are at some point going to want to subdivide  the beat into other compound time configurations so sticking rigidly to counting the beat in 1/8 th notes is not going to be helpful and possibly it may actually become difficult. My method for counting in 12/8 time jumps ahead and actually uses the 1/16th notes to make the count assuming that this is the most useful and likely subdivision of the 1/8th note beat that you will use and encounter.

Continue reading Method of counting 1/16 th notes in 12/8 time