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The note-values you have learnt about in Chapter 2 work hand in
hand with time signatures. With these two elements, composers
notate everything to do with rhythm and beat.

A time signature sets up a regular pattern of accents. Let's examine
how this works.

A regular beat

First, imagine a slowly ticking clock:

t t t t t t t t t

Say the Ys quietly to yourself, keeping them absolutely regular.

Adding accents

Now do it again, but this time give a little extra emphasis to every
fourth Y, like this:

t t t t t t t t t

Your Ys should still be completely regular in time, but with every
fourth one accented. The time signature of a piece of music describes
its underlying metre, or pattern of beats and accents. Each 't' is a
beat, and in this case every fourth 't' is an accented beat.

26 - Learning to Read Music

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