The system of music notation allows us to specify two of the main characteristics of music: the note to be played, and its duration. The following pages will show the basic aspects of music reading. We will begin by learning how to specify durations of sound. For this, let’s take a look at two important concepts: beats (pulsations) and measures.

Beats and Measures Time Signature Note Value Dotted Notes and the Tie Rests Values Shorter Than a Beat Eighth and Sixteenth Notes Eighth-Note and Sixteenth-Note Rests Triplets Beat Unit Simple and Compound Meters Reading Musical Notes An Example Accidentals Key Signatures Keyboard Notes

Translated by Dan Román, revised by Sue Talley.

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