How To Read Time Signatures in Music

Posted by on Feb 12, 2017 in Tips | 340 comments

In previous lessons we have discussed only 4/4 time. You learned that in 4/4 time there are 4 beats to a measure and a quarter note gets 1 beat. You learned that a measure is the space between two bar lines, so if there are 4 beats to a measure there must be notes and rests between the bar lines that add up to 4 beats. Musicians in some wedding bands in Melbourne are expert at reading time signatures.


You learned that in 4/4 time a whole note gets 4 beats, a half note gets 2 beats, a quarter note gets 1 beat, an eighth note gets 1/2 beat, and a sixteenth note gets 1/4 beat. You also learned that there are rests that correspond to each note value: whole rests, half rests, quarter rests, eighth rests and sixteenth rests.

In this post you will learn about some other time signatures and how to count them.

Remember that a time signature is a fraction where the top number shows the number of beats in a measure and the bottom number shows what kind of note gets 1 beat.

The first time signature is 2/4 which means that there are 2 beats to a measure and a quarter note gets 1 beat. Since there are only 2 beats in a measure we do not use whole notes  because whole notes get 4 beats.

The second time signature is 3/4 which means that there are 3 beats to a measure and a quarter note gets 1 beat. This is also known as “waltz time” because waltzes are written in 3/4 time. We also do not use whole notes in 3/4 time.

The third time signature is 4/4 time which we have already discussed. 4/4 time is also know as “common time” and may be denoted by “c”.

The last time signature is 6/8. In 6/8 time there are 6 beats to a measure and an eighth note gets 1 beat. In the other time signatures that we have talked about it is the quarter note that gets 1 beat, but since the bottom number is 8, an eighth note gets 1 beat. This means that a quarter note gets 2 beats and a half note gets 4 beats. A sixteenth note gets 1/2 beat.

Counting music in 2/4 or 3/4 is the same as counting music in 4/4, you just don’t have as many beats. However, counting music in 6/8 is different from counting music in 4/4 because of the different note values. The example in Fig. 4 shows how to count in 6/8 time.

In 6/8 time there are 6 beats to a measure and an eighth note gets one beat, so you count 1-2-3-4-5-6 1-2-3-4-5-6. I have underlined beats 1 and 4 because they are “strong” beats.

Pay attention to the dotted notes in measures 6, 7, 9 and 11. Remember that the dot extends the duration of the note by half, so in 6/8 time a half note gets 4 beats and a dotted half note gets 6 beats; a quarter note gets 2 beats and a dotted quarter note gets 3 beats; an eighth note gets 1 beat and a dotted eighth note gets 1 and 1/2 beats.

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Guide on How to Choose the Proper Color and Design with T-Shirts

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in Tips | Comments Off on Guide on How to Choose the Proper Color and Design with T-Shirts

If you have already presented a design to the T-shirt printing company, you might think that it is easy to get them printed since you already know that it is exactly what is going to come out. However, you might want to learn some techniques of how exactly you want your T-shirt to come out like the one you have in your design. It doesn’t mean to say that your design will get distorted. It means that some of its colors may not come out exactly like what you have in mind. Proper color combinations are necessary after all.

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There are designated color palettes to T-shirts, especially when you are working with promotional T-shirt brands. Some possess the Pantone code while others just refer to their colors in its established names. It is difficult to work with color combinations especially when you work with logos and brands since you need to stick to their conventions.


You don’t want to go back to school just to learn more about color theory and the right color combinations. Color theory is all about a group of principles in which it explains how the colors work together and why it seems the way it is. The most popular of all is the color wheel, which is taught to children at an early age during art class. There are different color theories that you should learn.


The first is monochromatic, which refers to the combination consisting tints and shades of similar hue. The shade is achieved by putting darker colors like gray or black to its primary hue. The tints are of the opposite. This may be difficult to imagine, but if you find a color wheel online, you will get this theory. When monochromatic colors are combined, you get a peaceful or elegant color combination. However, there are times when it can be boring to use the monochromatic theme so be careful when you use them.


Other color combinations include complementary, split-complementary, double-complementary, analogous, and tried. Based from this color theory, you will get the best color combination for your styling on your custom T-shirt printing. You can make your own tshirt


However, choosing the wrong palette and it will make the onlookers squint. Have you ever noticed that those who use shocking colors only attract the most provocative poster, but if your prime goal is to sell, then you have to think of other practices? What you need to do is practice color combinations so that you get to see which ones work the best.

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