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.
Note value table in music is a quick visual on the main music note symbols you need to learn as a beginner piano student. It is important that you memorize each of these note values and the way they look on the staff.
Note Value Table in Music
This note gets One Beat or Count. That simply means that you hold down this note for the duration of saying one and then release.
Notice that the note head is filled in and has a stem.
This note Gets Two Beats or Counts. Hold down or play this note while counting out loud with your mouth 1, 2 and then release.
Dotted Half Note
Dotted Half Note
This note Gets Three Beats or Counts. Hold down or play this note for the duration of counting to 3 and then release.
Notice the hollow note head and stem. What makes this note different is the date on the right hand side of the note.
This note Gets Four Beats or Counts. Hold down or play this note for the duration of 4 counts and then release.