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6. Time Signatures Exercises

Grade 3 Music Theory: Lesson 6. Time Signatures Exercises

Exercise 1 - Describing Time Signatures

Hover your mouse over each time signature to reveal the answer. (Tap on mobile devices).

Suitable for:  ABRSM Grade 3   Trinity Grade 3   GCSE   AP Music Theory Beginners 

(Questions marked * are for ABRSM candidates only)

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Describe each of these time signatures as

  • Simple or Compound
  • Duple, Triple or Quadruple

 

  1. 3/8
  2. 6/8
  3. 9/8
  4. 12/8
  5. 2/4
  6. 3/4
  7. 4/4
  8. 2/2
  9. 3/2
  10. 4/2*

 

Exercise 2 - Time Signature Definitions

Complete the following (E.g. The time signature 3/4 means that there are three crotchet (quarter note) beats per bar.)

  1. The time signature 2/4 means that there are __________________ beats per bar.
  2. The time signature 3/2 means that there are ___________________ beats per bar.
  3. The time signature 12/8 means that there are _________________ beats per bar.
  4. The time signature 3/8 means that there are __________________ beats per bar.
  5. The time signature 6/8 means that there are __________________ beats per bar.
  6. *The time signature 4/2 means that there are __________________ beats per bar.

 

 

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