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Posted by joy 
joy
time signature
January 02, 2006 04:41PM
hi this is joy, just want to know how to read time signatures,im a little confused over it. I just dont know its timing therefore im having a hardtime reading notes.Please help me with this
Re: time signature
January 11, 2006 05:13PM
Hi, Joy!
Check out [www.musictheory.net] -- click on the "Lessons" dropdown and select "Measures and Time Signatures". I think that'll help you out. If you have specific questions you can post them back here.

Good luck!
Rob
champ
Re: time signature
January 17, 2006 03:32PM
hi I am having trouble playing in 3/2 timing is there any hints you can give me is it a feel or what please help me I play with anenssuble at a univercity i am new to this thing
Re: time signature
January 23, 2006 10:59AM
champ Wrote:
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> hi I am having trouble playing in 3/2 timing is
> there any hints you can give me is it a feel or
> what please help me I play with an enssuble at a
> univercity i am new to this thing

Okay -- so a 3/2 time signature means that there are 3 beats in a measure, and 1 beat = 1 half note.

So if in the music you have 3 half notes, that's easy:
1 & 2 & 3 &
bom bom bom

If you have a half note, then 4 quarter notes, it's like this:
1 & 2 & 3 &
bom bi bi bi bi

And so on.

If you're used to thinking of a quarter note as 1 beat, you *can* count it that way while you're getting the sound in your head (that'd be 6 beats per measure), but make sure you always come back to counting in 3, since that's what your conductor will be doing!
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