Learn to Read Piano Music - Time Signatures

In this tutorial, you will Learn how to read basic music notations, Time Signatures. A time signature tells you how a particular piece of music is played. It consists of two numbers written as a fraction (i.e. 4/4). The top number tells you how many counts (beats) are in each measure, and the bottom number tells you what kind of note (e.g. whole note, a half note, quarter note, etc.) receives one count (4 at the bottom means “a quarter note”).

Click below to watch animation demo, and learn how to count -
Music Notation: Keeping time in music.

Time Signatures

4/4 Time - 4 counts per measure

Time signature of 4/4 - the “4″ on the top tells you that there are four beats in each measure, and the “4″ on the bottom tells you that a “quarter note” receives one count (or beat).

Watch video:
I’m A Little Teapot - played in 4/4 Time

Learn how to play “I’m A Little Teapot” with free sheet music (Free piano Z-Board provided).

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3/4 Time - 3 counts per measure

Time signature of 3/4 - the “3″ on the top tells you that there are three beats in each measure, and the “4″ on the bottom tells you that a “quarter note” receives one count.

Watch video:
Clementines - played in 3/4 Time

Watch song below with 3/4 Time:

Learn how to play “Clementines” with free sheet music (Free piano Z-Board provided).

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2/4 Time - 2 counts per measure

Time signature of 2/4 - the “2″ on the top tells you that there are three beats in each measure, and the “4″ on the bottom tells you that a “quarter note” receives one count.

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Piano Basics

Lesson 1 - Layout of Piano Keys
Lesson 2 - Names of White Keys
Lesson 3 - Names of Black Keys
Lesson 4 - Piano Grand Staff
Lesson 5 - Music Notation - Note Durations

Beginners Piano

Lesson 6 - Learn How to Play “Brother John”
Lesson 7 - Learn How to Play “London Bridge is Falling Down”
Lesson 8 - Learn How to Play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”
Lesson 9 - Playing the Major Chord
Lesson 10 - Three Primary Chords
Lesson 11 - 12 Bar Blues Chord Progression
Lesson 12 - 12 Keys of Music
Lesson 13 - Major Scale
Lesson 14 - Intervals
Lesson 15 - Chords of the Major Scale
Lesson 16 - Circle of Fifths (5ths)
Lesson 17 - Chord Inversions
Lesson 18 - Double Chord Pattern
Lesson 19 - Broken Chord Pattern
Lesson 20 - Arpeggio Chord Pattern
Lesson 21 - Sounds of the Orient
Lesson 22 - Mysterious Sounds
Lesson 23 - Arpeggios

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