Basic music counting for beginers:
One of the most obvious questions is how musicians know when to music play. They learn to count the beats.
First let us present you with this. 1 whole note = 2 half notes = 4 quarter notes
= 8 eighth notes = 16 sixteenth notes.
Keep that in mind while looking at these examples.
Lets start with this example.
First off, looking at the time signature you know that there are 4 quarter notes
In the first measure the whole note gets all the beats (1, 2, 3 and 4) because 1
whole note = 4 quarter notes, and there are a total of 4 quarter notes per measure.
In the second example, each half note gets 2 beats because 2 quarter notes = 1 half
In the third example, each quarter note gets its own beat because there are 4 quarter
notes per measure (time sig).
Let's intermingle the 2 quarter notes and a half note.
The half note get the first 2 beats, and each quarter its own beat. This makes sense
because the 4/4 time signature means there is 4 quarter notes per measure.
2 quarter notes + 1 half note (which is really 2 quarters) = 4 quarter notes, the
total number of quarter notes for that measure (time sig).
Lets add in the eighth notes.
In this example there is something new. The + sign. It just means "and". If you
said 1 + 2 + 3 ... out loud it would sound like this.
1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and
Each eight note is 1/2 of a quarter note, therefore it takes 2 eighth notes
to equal 1 quarter note.
Think of it like this: the 1 and the "and" are both half of one quarter
note and together they form 1 quarter note and from the time sig we know there are
4 quarters per measure.
This may seem a little confusing now, but all of the sudden it will click. You will
hit yourself in the head and wonder how you never understood it. Play piano keyboard.
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