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Beats and Measures

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Values Shorter Than a Beat

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Reading Musical Notes

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Rhythmic Dictation

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Time Signature

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Beats and Measures

We will use several examples to illustrate these two concepts.

Beats – in each example you can hear a series of steady clicks, each one being a beat or a pulsation.

Measures – the beats or pulsations are grouped in numbers of two, three and four. A measure is such a pattern of a group of beats. It is very common to find measures having groups of two, three or four beats.

Translated by Dan Román, English version revised by Sue Talley

© 2011 J. Rodríguez Alvira

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