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Time Signatures


Time Signatures

A Time Signature mark how many beats there are in each bar and which note is to be used as a beat. Generally most time signatures comprise 2 numbers, 1 above the other and generally are written in the manner of a fraction (3/4).

Time Signatures Symbol For example:
time signature, 4/4

This means there is four quarter notes per measure.

Generally the bottom number can be 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, etc.

Bottom Number Value
1 Whole note
2 Half note
4 Quarter note
8 Eighth note
16 Sixteenth note

4:4 Time Time Signatures
3:4 Time Time Signatures
6:4 Time Time Signatures


For example:

  • 3/4 is 3 quarter notes per measure.
  • 5/2 is 5 half notes per measure.
  • 6/8 is 6 eighth notes per measure.