Page 20 - Voice for Life Workbook 4 - Red
P. 20

You alr
 dsimple 
eady know the time sign
atures on
       the rig
time signatures, because the beat can be
ht. They are often calle
         1 beat = 1 crotchet
1 beat = 1 minim
 
•e+•e+•e= 
divided into two. In 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 the
beat is a crotchet, which can be divided
 into two quavers. The beat in 2/2 is a
  minim, which can be divided into two crotchets.
  The time signature on the right means there are six quavers in a bar. The 8 represents a quaver. The 6 means there are six of them in a bar. The six quavers are grouped into two beats, so each beat feels as if it is divided into three.
Three quavers make one dotted crotchet, so in this time signature, one beat is one dotted crotchet.
 
                1 beat 1 beat
1 beat = 1 dotted crotchet
 Clap some bars of six quavers. Make the first quaver of each beat stronger so that you can feel two beats in a bar. (Ask your choir trainer for help with this.)
This time signature is known as a compound time signature, because its beat is divided into three. Here are some more compound time signatures. For each of them, a beat is a dotted crotchet.
     
9 quavers in a bar 12 quavers in a bar
          3 beats in a bar
4 beats in a bar
 Write the time signature for music that has four dotted crotchet beats in a bar.
        Write the time signature for music that has three dotted crotchet beats in a bar.
  In a piece with this time signature, how many
  quavers are there in a bar?
Draw one note that lasts for one dotted crotchet beat.
Module B: Musical skills and understanding
         Red book UK prepress January 2020.indd 20
                                                           Compound time signatures

   18   19   20   21   22