Simple time

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The music has two, three or four beats in each bar, and each beat is a crotchet (1 beat note) and each beat can be divided into 2. If you try saying the word 'sim-ple' in each beat, and it fits with the notes, then you are listening to simple time.

Example of simple time and its groupings

Simple time signatures are written as 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4. 4/4 can also be written as C, which stands for 'common time'.

Time signatures for 2, 3 and 4 beats in the bar, in simple time


Watch the accordionist's foot and how the word 'sim-ple' fits within each beat.

'Sim-ple' still fits this modern song.

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