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"Rhythm Counting Beats"
How Note Beat Relationships Work with the Time Signature

Here’s where we begin to get it together in counting rhythm beats.  The fun is about to begin. We are going to spend a lot of time here, because this is the foundation that will launch you to new heights in your ability to play music.

A beat gets one count. 

4/4 time signature

Let look at time signature of 4/4. Quarter note gets one beat and one count. So our basic counting is "one – two – three – four" for the following measure. 

count rhythm 4-4

Each quarter note gets a beat count and a clap. Try it now several times in a row until it feels smooth. 

2/2 time signature

Now look at the 2/2 time signature

count-rhythm-2-2


Each half note gets a beat count and a clap. Try it several times in a row until it feels smooth.

3/4 time signature

Next up let’s look at the 3/4 time signature, we are back to counting quarter notes as our beat and with three beats per measure. Try this one.

count-rhythm-3-4


6/8 time signature


Now its 6/8 time using the eight note as our beat count.

count-rhythm-6-8

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