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Before we look at time signatures in detail, we need to be clear
about tempo, or speed.

The pattern of 't's (with every fourth 't' accented) might be fast or
it might be slow. Say the 't's to yourself, following these tempo
instructions:

fast

ttttttttt

slow

ttttttttt

Supposing the 't's were written closer together (or
further apart)

It would be possible to write the 't's closer together for the fast
version, like this:

fast

ttttttttt

It seems reasonable, because it looks faster. But conventional music
notation doesn't work like that. You have to look at the time-
values of the notes
(which you have been learning), the time
signature
(which we are coming to) and the tempo indication
(e.g. 'allegro' or 'fast'). How close together the notes are printed is
not important.

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