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.
The Quarter Note
The QUARTER NOTE receives one beat or count. 1 Beat
The HALF NOTE receives two beats or counts. 2 Beats
Dotted Half Notes
The DOTTED HALF NOTE receives three beats or counts. 3 Beats
The WHOLE NOTE receives four beats or counts. 4 Beats
See Whole Notes on the music staff with counts written in.
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.
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: