# How to calculate the beats?

Discussion in 'Hindi Guitar Tabs - Submit or Request' started by adeel zaidi, Mar 14, 2009.

can any1 tell me how to calculate the beats and wat does it means that beat of 1/8 and 1/6 and how to play on these beats i m really very much confused so plz do tell me thanx in advance and replies will be appriciated lols

2. ### horsesmouthActive Member

dude for learning this you might wanna know the basics of
types of notes and
time signature

Beats and measures:
normally a couple of beats make a measure, beats are mere counts, while measures are a time-period.
you dont calculate a beat....the beat is there,you count them, like say 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 and so on in a definite rhythm, each count becomes beats.

in a measure there might be 1 or more notes, either of the following types:

whole note: 1 note in 4 beats
half.........: 2 notes every 4 beats (actually half duration as a whole note)
quarter....: 1 note per beat, (if you play the guitar and pluck strings everytime you count 1 2 3 4, then its a quarter beat)
One-eighth...: for this you need to use subdivisions, while counting 1 2 3 4, count them as 1&2&3&4&, in the same time as you would for 1 2 3 4
then you hit a note for every count 1&2&3&4&, the notes become one-eighth notes
Similarly.....1/32 th note n 1/64th notes r also used

Time Signature:
Its the number of quarter notes(beats) per measure
they are expressed as a ratio.
most popular types are 4/4, 3/8, 1/4, etc
You can calculate the time signature of a melody if you know all the notes in a measure.
Just add the notes, for eg if there is:
one-eighth note and a quarter note in a measure,
1/8+1/4=3/8 which is the time signature.

For playing dont see the notes or type , just play in a rhythm, with counts and with proper rests wherever present..

phew,...
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