How to Count Music as a Piano Beginner

How To Count Music As a Piano Beginner

Learning about how to count music as a piano beginner is an easy process.  This happens after you learn the music note value table It includes  the quarter note, half note, dotted half note and whole note.




Be sure to click on the link below to see an example of each music note symbol. Each notes has the correct counts written in above each note.

How to Count Music Worksheet

The Quarter Note

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 The QUARTER NOTE receives one beat or count.    1 Beat

 

Half Notes 

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 The HALF NOTE receives two beats or counts.  2 Beats


Dotted Half Notes 

 The DOTTED HALF NOTE receives three beats or counts.  3 Beats

 

Whole Notes 

 The WHOLE NOTE receives four beats or counts.  4 Beats

See Whole Notes on the music staff with counts written in.

 

Counting Music

Now that you are familiar with the basic music note values as seen above it is time to move on to the counting music exercise by printing out this  How To Count Music Exercise#1.

All of the music counts are written for each measure.  Put your hands together and clap and count this exercise holding your hands together for each 2, 3 or 4 beat note as indicated.

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Counting Rhythm

Counting rhythm involves speaking the counts aloud while clapping first, then adding the spoken count while you are playing your music instrument after that.  You will often see rhythmic patterns that repeat themselves over and over again within the same piece of music, as seen in the counting rhythm exercise below:

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Brush up on more in depth information about music note counts and half note rests.