Time Signatures

Time Signatures tell musicians important information about the beats, and type of beat, that will be used in a piece of music. You can find time signatures at the start of a piece of music but they can change midway through piece (or even every bar – take a look at this clip, from ‘West Side Story’, where the time signature fluctuates between 6/8 and 3/4).

Not sure where to start?

  • ‘Part 1: The Essentials’ is suitable for beginners and explains important fundamental concepts.
  • Part 2 clarifies the difference between simple and compound.
  • Parts 3 & 4 are for those who have a thirst to learn even more!