Understanding time signatures
Pieces of music use a variety of different time signatures, meaning that you need to count differently depending on what numbers are written at the start of the bar. This exercise will help you identify both the sound and rhythm of the music, whilst helping to recognise it when you see it written down. Remember to count the note lengths learnt during lesson 2.
Another important part to note here is the rests. If there are 3 or 4 beats to a bar, then the notes in each bar must also add up to 3 or 4. When this is not the case, the remainder of the bar must be made up of rests, which means you will need to pause for the appropriate length of time during that particular bar. This is demonstrated in the diagram;
This exercise is in 3/4 timing. We know this because there is a 3 over 4 at the start of the bar. 3/4 timing means there are 3 beats per bar.
These are the notes used in the music score above. This diagram is here to make things easier for you but it is best to get used to reading music score. Music score tells you what order to play notes in and the length each note is played for.