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12. Grouping notes and rests in Compound Time

12. Grouping notes and rests in Compound Time

Grade 3. Lesson 12. grouping notes
and rests in compound time

Do's and Don't in compound time


While grouping notes and rests in compound time there are many things which can go wrong, So we need to take a good look at all the do's and don'ts.
With the beaming of compound 6/8 time, there are a lot of do's and don't. In this lesson we are going to look at many different groupings.

We will be starting by looking at the main beat in 6/8 time, which is a dotted Crotchet (dotted quarter note).

In 6/8 time there will be two dotted main beats per bar. The number 8 is telling you quaver notes (eighth notes)
The number 6 is saying you can have six of these quavers per bar; but the important point to remember is these six are made from the Two Main Beats of 6/8 time. Which are Two Dotted Crotchets (two dotted quarter notes).

In the Music Theory Lesson Grade Three Book you will find pages of diagrams to explain the correct groupings, some showing what is correct, and others showing you what not to do. This being a very important lesson, with 10 points on the examination paper when you give the correct answers. Make sure you are one of the students who knows the difference.


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