In light of the recent lessons devoted to time signatures I'd like t ask a question. Whats the difference? I know what the difference is in terms of counting measures and all that time stuff, but I am talking sound wise, how are they different. For example I have heard guitarist say, alright play this lick in 4/4, alright now play it in 7/8... what does that mean, if your playing the same lick doesn't that mean its going to be the same no matter what time sig. it is in? I mean, you would count it differently and it may fit into a different number of measures or whatever, but it will sound the same won't it?
Please someone help me out with this. I know that different types of music use certain time signatures because they do sound different if your are writing in them but particularly with the example above I don't understand or know what the difference would be. Maybe it is just as simple as accenting different notes as in, for 4/4 you accent the 1 beat, and in a 7/8 the 1 beat would be in a different place, but that doesn't seem right because you don't always want to accent the 1 beat... I don't know someone help me out.