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3. Time Signatures Exercises

Grade Five Music Theory - Lesson 3: Time Signatures Exercises

Hover your mouse slowly over the staves or lightbulbs to reveal the answers (tap on mobile devices).

 

 Exercise 1: Time Signatures - Technical Names

Describe each of these time signatures as:

  • Simple or compound AND
  • Duple, triple or quadruple

Or, as irregular.

time-signatures-technical-name 0 0time-signatures-technical-name 0 1time-signatures-technical-name 0 2time-signatures-technical-name 0 3time-signatures-technical-name 0 4time-signatures-technical-name 0 5time-signatures-technical-name 0 6time-signatures-technical-name 0 7time-signatures-technical-name 0 8time-signatures-technical-name 0 9

 

Exercise 2: Time Signatures - Meanings

3/2 represents 3 minim (half note) beats per bar.  What do the following time signatures represent?

time-signatures-meanings 0 0time-signatures-meanings 0 1time-signatures-meanings 0 2time-signatures-meanings 0 3time-signatures-meanings 0 4time-signatures-meanings 0 5time-signatures-meanings 0 6time-signatures-meanings 0 7time-signatures-meanings 0 8time-signatures-meanings 0 9 

 

Exercise 3 - Adding Barlines

Put in the missing barlines in the following passages, which all begin on the first beat of the bar:

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add-barlines-2

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add-barlines-4

 

Exercise 4 - Understanding Time Signatures

  1. Which two simple time signatures can have a lower number 8? lightbulbette
  2. When there are two tied notes, which one must fall on a new main beat: the first note or the second? lightbulbette
  3. How can you tell the difference between 3/2 and 6/4? lightbulbette
  4. In compound time, is the main beat a dotted or undotted note? lightbulbette
  5. In which type of time signature does the main beat divide up into two: simple or compound? lightbulbette

 

Exercise 5 - Adding Time Signatures

Add the correct time signatures to each of these bars.

add-time-signatures 0 0add-time-signatures 0 1add-time-signatures 0 2add-time-signatures 0 3

add-time-signatures-2 0 0add-time-signatures-2 0 1add-time-signatures-2 0 2add-time-signatures-2 0 3 

 

Exercise 6 - Rewriting a Rhythm Without Changing the Rhythmic Effect

For each of the following simple time melodies;

  1. Describe the time signature as duple/triple/quadruple
  2. Convert the time signature to compound time
  3. Write in the new time signature and rewrite the rhythm without changing the rhythmic effect.

 

rewriting-a

rewriting-a-q 

 

rewriting-b

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For each of the following compound time melodies;

  1. Describe the time signature as duple/triple/quadruple
  2. Convert the time signature to simple time
  3. Write in the new time signature and rewrite the rhythm without changing the rhythmic effect.

rewriting-c

rewriting-c-q

 

rewriting-d

rewriting-d-q

 

 

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