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 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:
How do I count music easily? Count music now! It is a simple process to read and perform music beats. Learn the quarter note and quarter rest quickly and easily. Each lasts a very specific length of time.
The most basic music note value in all of music is the quarter note. Looking at a quarter note (as seen below) it will always have a filled-in note head with a stem attached. The step direction determines which hand is used on the piano keyboard to play the note.
Music Notes Symbols
The two music note symbols seen below quarter notes and a quarter rest.
Two Quarter Notes:
The first quarter note above is played with the right hand because the step is pointing upward. Likewise, the second quarter note beside it would be played with the left hand because the stem is pointing downward.
QUARTER REST (above)
This wavy symbol is a Quarter rest music note symbol and receives one beat or one count of silence. Count beats of silence in music just like beats of sound. There is only one difference between a quarter note and a quarter rest. There is simply a complete silence during the quarter rest.
Watch this short piano video tutorial below demonstrating how to count music beats and explaining music note symbols.
Half notes and half rests quick tutorial clears up any mystery above the half note and the half rest. These symbols in music look the same for piano, guitar, tuba, violin or any other musical instrument.
As you view the image above you will see two half notes. Each half note receives 2 counts or beats. Notice that the note head (round part on the end of the stem) is hollow.
A Half Rest in music ALSO looks the same regardless of which instrument you are playing. The simple hat-looking symbol below represents a half rest and receives 2 beats. However, since a rest in music stands for a particular number of beats of silence this half rest symbols gets 2 beats of silence instead of sound.
Counting in Music
Counting in music is not complicated. As seen in the example above the music counting process consists of primarily the major beats in a measure (1, 2, 3 in the above example) and beats broken into 2 parts (as in 1+ 2+ 3+ above). Once a steady tempo or pulse is established the music count can be softly spoken along with the accompanying pulse to create accurate counting.
To learn how to specifically count half notes and half rests see the music tutorial video below.