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Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicMusicOther - Music · 2 months ago

on a 4/4 time signature how do you count the beats?

okay so I always thought it was

1 & 2 & 3 & 4

but some people also do

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

So is it the first or the second? How could it be the second if it's actually a half beat past 4?

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  • 2 months ago

    If it's quarter notes, it is 1-2-3-4.

    If there are eighth notes involved, it is 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

    the "and" after 4 explains that there are two eighth notes involved in beat 4: "4" and "&"

    Source(s): Strings orchestra class and piano lessons
  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    A time signature of 4/4 means there are 4 beats in the bar and each beat is a quarter note. 

    You'd count, “1 2 3 4”.

    Of course, in a particular piece of music you will almost certainly get notes that are not quarter notes. A bar of eighth notes would be counted “1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &” but that would be counting the rhythm of the notes, not beats to the bar.

  • 2 months ago

    The first.             

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The second is more accurate because each beat has an up beat, whereas in the first one, the fourth beat does not have an up beat.

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