Meter Changes - 09/20/21 04:05 PM
I'm wondering if there is a general rule for how the tempo should be kept through meter changes. For instance, I played a piece that had 7/8 time (3+4) and then when the meter changed to 6/8 I played it so that the 8th notes remained at a constant tempo but played one less per measure. That is usually how I deal with changing meters. However, just now I sight read some music that had a change of meter from 3/4 to 6/8 and that left me perplexed. Should I play it so that the 8th notes remain constant or should I play it so that each beat is constant (in which case 6/8 would feel faster). I decided for the later but I don't know that it's the correct way. I played a bunch of pieces with frequent meter changes but I never learned any rule that says how the tempo should be kept. I guess I always relied on my teacher or my ears.