Learn to Read Piano Music - Time Signatures

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”).

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

Beginners Piano

Music Notation - Note Durations

Lesson 6Learn How to Play “Brother John”
Lesson 7Learn How to Play “London Bridge is Falling Down”
Lesson 8Learn How to Play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”
Lesson 9Playing the Major Chord
Lesson 10Three Primary Chords
Lesson 1112 Bar Blues Chord Progression
Lesson 1212 Keys of Music
Lesson 13Major Scale
Lesson 14Intervals
Lesson 15Chords of the Major Scale
Lesson 16Circle of Fifths (5ths)
Lesson 17Chord Inversions
Lesson 18Double Chord Pattern
Lesson 19Broken Chord Pattern
Lesson 20Arpeggio Chord Pattern
Lesson 21Sounds of the Orient
Lesson 22Mysterious Sounds
Lesson 23Arpeggios

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