How to Read Note Values?

Rhythm is a crucial part of music. Knowing the basic rhythms such as quarter notes, eighth notes, and rests will give you a deeper understanding of the music you hear. So the first thing you need to know is time signature.

Time Signature

You will find the time signature at the beginning of a piece of sheet music as some kind of fraction or a C. This tell us how many beats there are in a measure and which note value represents one beat.  The most common time signature is 4/4, sometimes written as a C.

Whole, Half and Quarter Notes

You should be able to understand the differences between note values Different notes cover different lengths of time, take a look on what each symbol stands for:

So now it’s time to put what you’ve learned into practice. The pic shows an easy exercise: count along 1 2 3 4, but only clap (or play the B string on the guitar), when there’s also a note written. For a better learning effect, repeat every measure multiple times without a pause in between (1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4…). It is crucial, that you count in a steady pace, so don’t get faster or slower during it!

Vivian Covatti
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