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simon73  
17 Jan 2008 11:52 | Quote
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Quick question

I am starting to learn to read music and been playing using tab all my life. Can someone please tell me how do I count the following

I have a example

Example 1



as always many thanks
Guitarslinger124  
17 Jan 2008 13:05 | Quote
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not sure what you mean. but if you mean beats per measure...well it tells you that in the time signature. its four beats per measure played at a moderate speed. I dont know where you are getting these from but your sharps and flats should be indicated in the signature unless you are changing a sharped or flatted note to a natural note.
Calvin  
17 Jan 2008 13:29 | Quote
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These are all 16th notes and there seems to be no dotted notes or rests among them, so it would probably be counted like this:



------------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------5--6--7--8------
------------------------------------5--6--7--8--------------------
----------------------5--6--7--8----------------------------------
--------5--6--7--8------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------
1 e & a 2 e & a 3 e & a 4 e & a
or
1 e & u 2 e & u 3 e & u 4 e & u

simon73  
17 Jan 2008 15:20 | Quote
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Thanks Calvin that how you count them.

Now as for guitarslinger you stated "I don't know where you are getting these from but your sharps and flats should be indicated in the signature unless you are changing a sharped or flatted note to a natural note."

As for the sharps and flats well since it was only a example I see no reason to put on sharps I do know about keys see my lessons.
http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/lesson.php?id=30

Now since it is a chromatic scale which all western music is base on I still see no point to do an example putting on sharps or flats since it is a example I was showing, how else can I say how you you count this? So in all my lessons I do sometimes post the sig hence the one I am on with at the moment will be base on G major.
Guitarslinger124  
17 Jan 2008 22:51 | Quote
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dont take it personally man...rock on...
JustJeff  
18 Jan 2008 08:02 | Quote
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When you read music, read it by beat. The 16th notes represent 1/4th of a single beat. Since you have 4 16th notes in line together, that means all 4 of them will be played within 1 beat. There are 4 beats in each measure, and 4 groups of 16th notes, so you can understand that each group of 4 is one beat, and the four of them makes one measure.

Do this every time you look at sheet music. Make sure you can find the beat and keep that beat throughout the music.

If it's hard to figure out, set up a metronome at 120bps and listen to it. Count out the 4 beats in your head, and you should be able to hear how fast you should play.
KicknGuitar  
19 Jan 2008 09:53 | Quote
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Just be careful when you're not in 4/4... sixteenth notes are not always a fourth of a beat.

If you don't already know Simon, learn how different rhythmic notes fit into each other. Then work your way into Time signatures and you can mess around with Simple and compound meter, then odd time and all that good stuff. Learning what notes look like are easy - how they interact is the difficult part.


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