Learn How to Play Piano 6 – Time Signatures and Rhythm Explained – Piano Lessons Beginners

Learn How to Play Piano 6 – Time Signatures Explained – Piano Lessons and Tutorials for Beginners
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A measure is the distance between each vertical line. The time signature (4/4) indicates how many beats in each measure and which note gets one beat. The top number is the number of beats in a measure and the bottom number indicates that the quarter note gets one beat. In the beginning, you will probably only have time signatures that end in 4. So, most of the songs you will play in the beginning will have the quarter note as getting one beat. There are also time signatures that end in 8, but we won’t concentrate on those yet. In these playing examples, you will be in C position, meaning that your left most finger is on C and the rest of your fingers will rest on D, E, F and G. These examples are simple illustrations of how basic rhythm and time signatures work. Remember that a quarter note gets one beat, a half note gets two beats, a dotted half note gets three beats, and a whole note gets four beats.

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20 thoughts on “Learn How to Play Piano 6 – Time Signatures and Rhythm Explained – Piano Lessons Beginners

  1. Nicolás fuentes vidal November 1, 2015 at 4:44 am - Reply

    Thxs with all my heart learning piano have been amzing with your lessons and finally a dreams comes true coz of you, thxs very much

  2. but I have a query..!!

    that how sharps # and flats of a note are represented on a sheet??

    I had saw you're lessons till 6.. .
    but I want to know how to represent sharps and flats of a note on clefs??

    waiting for reply..!! 

  3. hey..

    I have been watching you're lessons Since a 3 days..!!..
    you're lessons ate unique and best in YouTube!!

    really u r doing a great job!!..

    thanx a lot…

    now I am able to read music sheet!!… 

  4. im really excited to start playing these notes on the piano, thx for the help, really great pace for me love the lessons

  5. ironically julianna November 1, 2015 at 6:13 am - Reply

    Hey, Tim! I just want to leave a quick message (not really) on how grateful I am to have found your channel on the internet. I had piano lessons when I was in third grade, and needless to say, I didn't absord anything from the lessons at all except for very, very basic stuff that I believe, most people on the planet already know about. Now, I am an upcoming 8th grader and I am dying to learn the piano with all my heart. In my country, it is summer season and my parents enrolled me in a summer class again, because I asked them to, in a much better music school. I am in the advanced section because I can't be in the basic because I already have experience, and I have much more knowledge on the piano than the ones who are enrolled in the basic class. But, I don't trust myself enough to be in the section I was enrolled in with the little knowledge I have, although better than some. So, since the classes don't officially start till' next week, I decided to find some ways to enhance what I know. Ofcourse, the internet and watching videos on youtube is the best way to do so and now, I have found you! I am learning a lot, and thank you so so much for that. If I become better at playing the piano, it's all thanks to you. God bless you for helping people you do not know all around the globe. I wish you all the best, and for the millionth time, thank you, thank you, so so much.

  6. so complicated, i re-watched alot of times and still didn't get it. Well i don't take classes and so here i am! Trying to understand it. Up until now i thought it was simple enough for me to handle but then 🙁 Let's hope i get it later but please don't missunderstand, you're a great teacher and i understood most of it but not just this 

  7. Also, you can get print outs from lessonsontheweb(dot)wikispaces(dot)com . You will have to replace the (dots) with an actual "." since youtube doesn't allow links in the comments.

  8. Hey Rex.
    Thanks for watching my videos. The bottom number in the time signature tells you which note gets one beat. So, to elaborate, if the bottom number is 4, than the quarter note gets one beat, if the bottom number is an 8, than the eighth note gets one beat, if it ends in a 16 than the 16th note gets one beat. Most time signatures end in 4, but they can also end in 8 and 16. I will explain in more detail once I get to the 6/8 time signature later on.

  9. hi Tim, thank you so much for your easy to learn tutorials, but I have two questions for you and maybe you can help me understand better! I still don't understand the bottom number quite as much, when you say "it tells you what note gets one beat" and the second question is where can I find useful practice "print outs" like the ones you display in your videos! Thanks again Tim, I am loving your vids and I hope you keep posting news ones as well!

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