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#beginquote# A lot of my students get messed up at first when I as their teacher say that an eighth note gets half a beat. In their way of thinking at that point the only reference point they have is their math class and in math, 1/8 does not equal 1/2. When I see this happening I try to take a different approach. Instead of thinking that an eighth note is half a beat consider that an eighth note is one-eighth of a measure in 4/4 time. Likewise a half note is one half of a measure. A quarter note is one quarter of a measure, etc. Once you begin to think in that way, things line up easier in your head in terms of counting rhythms. In regard to the time signatures you can use the same logic. The top number is ALWAYS the number of beats in the measure, and is pretty easy to figure out. The bottom number is ALWAYS the length of note that is meant to represent one beat of the measure. If the bottom number is 4 then you are dealing with quarter notes (1/4). If the number is a 2 then you are dealing with half notes (1/2). Likewise the same for eighth notes (1/8). What you have to do when playing is realize that you foot will need to tap the beat for each one of those notes. If it is 3/8 time then you will tap your foot three times each measure but you will be tapping the EIGHTH notes not the quarter notes. I hope this helps some. If you still have questions feel free to ask for more help. Chad Criswell Director of Bands Western Dubuque High School http://www.musicedmagic.com http://www.wdhsband.com #endquote#
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