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posted: 11/3/2003 at 9:32:23 PM ET
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I'm a 9th grade student and have just learned how to actually read music. In know the notes, rests, signatures, and beats, but I'm having trouble with being able to know the value of notes in a certain time signature, where to put in the measure bars according to the notes and values, and things of that sort. Is there a site where I can get like a worksheet I can fill in to help me for extra practice? Thanks for your help.

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posted: 11/3/2003 at 10:03:01 PM ET
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I don't have any sites, (although you could search google.com and probably find lots of stuff) but I'll try to help you a little here (yeah, I'm bored.) You said you have trouble knowing the note values in certain time signatures. Well, if the bottom number in the time signature is 4, the quarter note will always get the beat, which is pretty simple. If the bottom note is 8, the 8th note gets the beat. For instance, in a 6/8 time signature, there are 6 eighth notes in one measure, not 6 quarter notes. But you WOULD use 6 quater notes if it was 6/4 (even though that's a pretty rare time sig) As for measures, you have to make sure all the notes in the measure equal whatever the time sig says. For instance, if it is 3/4, the note values in one measure must all add up to equal 3 beats, using the quater note as the guideline for the beat. In 4/4, they add up to 4 quarter note beats. In 12/8, use the 8th note as a guide to make sure all the beats in the measure add up to equal 12 eighth note beats. And of course there are many other kinds of time sigs, like 9/4, 12/16, 5/8, 6/16, and the list goes on.

I hope it doesn't sound too complicated. Music theory is a complicated thing though, at least to me. I've been in music for 7 years, and I'm still learning new things about it.

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