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READING DRUM MUSIC - COMMON TIME SIGNATURES
 
Have a look at this table below. It deals with the three time signatures you are most likely to come across in rock or pop drumming. Each column represents a different time signature. Glance down the column and familiarise yourself with the mathematics of the signature and how the notes 'fit' in the bar.
Look out for the next installment which will explain odd time signatures and what it means when the bottom number is a 2 or an 8 (although, if you study this table enough, you should be able to guess).
 
Note that 4/4 is such a common time signature that sometimes music writers put a capital C at the beginning of the stave instead of 4 over 4. If nothing is written in the time signature place on the stave then you can also assume it is in common time (4/4). Sometimes you will see a C with a vertical line through it. This is called cut time and is just another name for 2/4.
 
 
A time signature is like a fraction.
 
4 - the number of beats in a bar
4 - the note value of each beat (1/2 or 1/4 or 1/8 for example)

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