How Do I Count Music?

How do I count music easily?   It is possible to count music successfully in the next few minutes.

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.

How Do I Count Music?

Count Music Beats Notes Rhythms

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:

quarter notes in music

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 in music


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.

More Music Counting Links

How to Count Music Beats Notes Rhythms
Basics of Rhythm in Music