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# When a time signature contains a 4 as the top number what does it mean?

Updated: 10/24/2022

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13y ago

The top note of the time signature tells you how many beats are in a bar; so, in this case four. The bottom number would tell you what kind of note gets one beat.

Kennith Lockman

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13y ago

That each measure of music must contain four beats. For example, if the time signature is "4 over 8", each measure will contain the equivalent of four eighth-notes. 4/4 is the most 'common' time signature, with four quarter notes (or equivalent) in each measure.

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11y ago

The top note of the time signature tells you how many beats are in a bar; so, in this case four. The bottom number would tell you what kind of note gets one beat.

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### When a time signature has 4 as the top number what does that mean?

It means that one measure contains four beats.

### What does the top number in the time signature mean if its a 3?

It means that each measure contains three beats.

### When a time signature contains a 2 as the top number what does it mean?

It means there are two notes to the bar, of the size indicated by the lower number.

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### How would one play a piece of music whose time signature contains only one number?

I don't believe there is such a thing as a time signature with only one number!

### What time signature contains a four as the top number?

A 4 at the top of a time signature indicates that there are 4 beats in the bar of what ever the bottom number is in the time signature. For example in 4/4 times there is 4 quarter note beats. In 4/8 there is 4 eighth note beats.

### What does 5 3 time signatures mean?

5/3 on a time signature does not exist. you cannot have an odd number at the bottom of a time signature there is no such note value of 3

### How many beats for a whole note draw?

Depending on the meter of the phrase, a whole note contains how the number of beats equal to the bottom number in the time signature.

### What does the bottom number in a time signature mean?

The bottom number in a time signature is the denominator of the fraction denoting the note value that gets the beat. So if the bottom number in the time signature is a four, imagine it's the bottom of a fraction with a numerator of 1. 1/4 is a quarter, so the quarter note gets the beat.

### 34 What does the top number in the above time signature mean?

3 beats per measure

### What does the bottom number mean in a signature?

The bottom number in a time signature is the denominator of the fraction denoting the note value that gets the beat. So if the bottom number in the time signature is a four, imagine it's the bottom of a fraction with a numerator of 1. 1/4 is a quarter, so the quarter note gets the beat.