How to read music notes: Time Signatures
Music usually has two numbers at the beginning, one on top of the other. This is called a timesignature. The time signature indicates how many beats there are in a
- the space between bar lines, as well as what the general pace (rhythm) of a song will be.Bar lines are vertical lines that intersect the entire stave at regular intervals. The end of a piece of music is indicated by a double bar line.The top number of a time signature indicates how many beats are in a measure. The bottom number indicates the type of note that makes up each beat.For example:4/4 - means that there are
4 quarter notes per measure
. This is the most popular time signature.3/4 - means that there are
3 quarter notes per measure.
5/2 - means that there are
5 half notes per measure.
6/8 - means that there are
6 eighth notes per measure
.There are also 2 other common things you might see where the time signature should be:Common Time same as 4/4 time.Cute Time , same as 4/4 time, but everything is cut in half. Example: a half note = 1 quarter note, a whole note = 1 half note.