Time signatures

Time signatures contain two numbers:

  • the top number indicates the number of beats in each bar
  • the bottom number is a symbol to indicate the type of beat

Symbols for the bottom number are:

  • 4 = crotchet beats
  • 8 = quaver beats
  • 2 = minim beats
Time 44This means there are four crotchet beats in each barTime 68This means there are six quaver beats in each barTime 22This means there are two minim beats in each bar

Simple time and time signatures are explained with the help of some musical mice