Let’s knock this one out quick. I was asked why changing a time signature did not affect the way music sounds and feels. This is backwards. The music you write suits a certain time signature so you write the score using the best suited time signature.
The brief video below shows the first four measures of Edelweiss. I assume that for educational purposes I can use a four-measure excerpt of a copyrighted song without getting into deep legal trouble. If there’s a problem, the lawyers can have 100% of what I’m getting paid to do this entry. Bite me.
The first sample shows the original in simple form, in three-four time. I show the score, then I perform it on the piano. You can pause the video or re-watch it to study what is going on. In the second example on the same short video (40 seconds total), I modified the original so that it is appropriate to fit into a four-four time signature. It is important to notice that the chords change at the bar lines so that the harmonic changes go right along with the time signature. You don’t have to change the chords at the end of a measure but this provides clarity.
Finally I throw some generic crap at the melody in twelve-eight time to show once again how easy it is to steal music and make it your own. Enjoy.