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How To Read Music Notes - Rhythm

Reading music notes is easier than you think.....

Now let's learn how to read music notes, read piano notes and understand sheet music symbols for rhythm and keeping time.

Some common sheet music symbols for rhythm are bars and bar lines.

Bars and bar lines break music up into edible "chunks", making music easier to read.

They look like this.


Sheet Music Symbols - Bars, Bar Lines

Reading Music Notes And Symbols For Rhythm

Now, let’s take a closer look at this ‘bar’ of music so we can see how rhythm fits into the picture.

At the beginning of any piece of music you will see a time signature. This tells you how many counts, or beats, are in each bar.


Time Signature

The most common time signatures are:3/4 and 4/4.

The top number tells us how many counts, or ‘beats’ are in each bar (don’t worry too much about what the bottom number means for now).

So, for example, say you were trying to learn how to read sheet music that had 3/4 at the beginning. All this means is that there are 3 counts, or beats in every bar (ONE two three, ONE two three).

And there are bar lines that separate each bar. And that’s all there is to it!

Now, all you need to do is learn about the different music note symbols to see how all they all fit like a jigsaw puzzle into each bar.

More Music Symbols

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