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A brief understanding of time signatures can be helpful when using a metronome. The time signature (sometimes called meter signature) is found at the beginning of a piece of music and consists of two numbers, one over the other. The top number indicates how many beats there are in one measure. The bottom number indicates the value of the beat, or how long the beat lasts. For instance, a song written in "four four" (4/4) time would have four beats per measure and each beat would equal one quarter note. A song written in "two four" (2/4) time would have two beats per measure and each beat would equal one quarter note. Conversely, a song written in "six eight" (6/8) time would have six beats per measure and each beat would equal one eighth note. Understanding the time signature and how it works within the song is an important part of the overall sound of the song. The time signature and additional sheet music notation give the musician a road map for the rhythm, tempo and "feeling" of the piece. For more music theory and terminology visit our Music Terminology page.


How to use the metronome.


Simply click on the number that corresponds to the desired beats per minute. If the metronome does not start automatically, click the "on" button.

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