Basic music counting, Part 2:
Let's introduce a mixed music example.
note is obviously beat 1 because from the time sig you know there are 4
quarter notes per measure. You also already know one half note = 2 quarter
notes therefore the half note must be beats 2 and 3. Finally, you know
that two eighth notes = 1 quarter note so they must be the "4 +".
When many different kinds of notes are intermingled, it starts
to become tricky to count. Musicians will sometimes subdivide the notes so the
counting flows more easily. Let's use the above example, but this time sub
Here every note
in the measure is subdivided into 8th notes thus making it a lot more
"fluid" to count. Its pretty easy to understand too. One quarter note is
two 8th notes, so it gets "1 +". The half note is really four eighth notes
so it get "2 + 3 +". And the each 8th note get a half so one is "4" and
the other is the "and" of 4. Here would also be a good place to
throw in a few examples with rests. These will just show the counting and
will not explain them. Just think of the rests in terms of their
corresponding notes and you'll have no problem!
Counting the 16th
counting 16th notes is similar to 8th notes except that you need to add
more things to count with. I was taught using "e" and "a", but feel free
to use what you want. Each part, the "1", "e", "+", "a" are all 1/4 of 1
quarter note. Together they add up to 1 beat according to the time sig. (4
sixteenths = 1 quarter)
Different time sigs and different notes.
Here you are.. the top of the note hill. Just look at these and
the counting section is over!
Remember.. from this time
sig you are counting the 8th notes.
Remember you are
counting half notes, and therefore you have to subdivide the eighth notes
and quarter notes accordingly. Play piano keyboard.
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