Time Signatures

The number of beats in each measure and the kind of note chosen to represent the beat are
placed together as a fraction at the beginning of a composition. This is called the time signature.

For example:

4/4 time

A quarter note gets 1 beat. There are 4 quarter notes per measure.

3/4 Time

A quarter note gets 1 beat. There are 3 quarter notes per measure.

2/4 Time

A quarter note gets 1 beat. There are quarter notes per measure.

3/2 Time

A half note gets 1 beat. There are 3 half notes per measure.

6/8 Time

An eighth note gets 1 beat. There are 6 eighth notes per measure.