09 Bars & Barlines

This page is all about bars, barlines and time signatures.  However if you would rather print and complete this by the piano please find below a pdf link to my beginner piano sheet 09 Bars & Barlines:

09 Bars & Barlines.pdf (DOWNLOAD HERE)

I have used the fantastic online music scoring software noteflight.com to complete this page.

If you need to score any music on the go I totally recommend this bit of software.  I often use it on my iPad when I am out and about teaching.  

Barlines

On the staff music is divided equally into bars by barlines. We use a double barline at the very end to show it is the end of the piece of music.

Time Signatures

There are two numbers at the beginning of the staff after the clef sign.
This is called a time signature.

4/4 Time Signature


4/4 time signature has 4 crotchet/ quarter beats in a bar.  4/4 is the most common time signature in music and can also be written as “C” meaning common time.

Clap and count “1234” 4 times round accenting beat number 1. (Click video link to clap along)

3/4 Time Signature

3/4 time signature has 3 crotchet/ quarter beats in a bar.  3/4 time signature is very distinctive and most will recognise it as the old fashioned dance waltz.  When counting imagine you are ballroom dancing.
Clap and count “123” 4 times round accenting beat number 1. (Click video link to clap along)

2/4 Time Signature

2/4 time signature has 2 crotchet/ quarter beats in a bar.  2/4 time signature is used predominately for marches. When counting imagine you are marching.
Clap and count “12” 4 times round accenting beat number 1. (Click video link to clap along)

There are many different time signatures, but I have only added simple time signatures to this page.  I will be delving into more complicated time signatures such as compound a little later on.

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