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    beat and meter

    Public performance of music in non-Western cultures ᵛoccurs in a freer, more relaxed environment.In Indian Hindustani music,/ ˢtradition ᵛdictates that ˢthe audience ᵛsupply the tala (beat and meter) by quietly clapping.

    What does "meter" here mean? Is it same as beat? Normally "meter" means a measuring device.

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    Re: beat and meter

    Any dictionary would have told you that 'meter' also means

    the rhythmic element in music or poetry

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    Re: beat and meter

    Meter in music is the way beats are grouped repeatedly. Waltzes are in 3/4, for example, meaning three beats per measure, with each beat consisting of a quarter-note (AmE) / crotchet (BrE).
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    Re: beat and meter

    In BrE, "meter" is the rythmic element in music or poetry. The measurement of length is "metre" in BrE, so the confusion is avoided.
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