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Post by Joyce Cheung on December 16, 2014

I would like to ask if the term "bar" is exactly the same as "measure" ? If not, what is the difference ?

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Post by Linda Volti on February 12, 2014

In the example of the first and second endings you don't seem to be playing what you wrote for the right hand in bar 3 beat 3.

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Last reply by: Professor Ryan
Thu Jun 6, 2013 10:35 AM

Post by John Culjak on December 25, 2012

I'm a bit confused.... In the "First and Second Ending" example you are playing two E notes but I don't see how they correspond with the two written E notes (in the first measure). If middle C ( the C between the two clefs) is C4 than I see you've written down E5 (in the treble clef) and E3 (in the bass clef). But you play them only an octave apart (E3 and E4?). Do I got this right? It seems that you should be playing them two octaves apart.

Bar Lines & Measures

  • Bar lines separate music into measures.
  • Double bar lines indicate the end of a piece of music.
  • A repeat sign contains two dots next to a bar line, and indicates the repetition of the specified measures.

Bar Lines & Measures

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Objectives 0:06
  • Bar Lines 0:22
    • Where the Bar Line Begins and Ends
    • Measures are Used to Think of Music in Smaller Pieces
    • Bar Lines Divide A Set Amount of Beats For Each Measure
  • Measures 2:24
    • 4/4 Time Signature
    • Only 4 Beats in Every Measure When There is a 4/4 Time Signature
    • In a Measure, Notes are Spaced Away from the Measure
    • Listening to the Example
  • Double Bar Lines 5:59
    • Representing the End and Beginning of Examples
    • Listening to the Example
  • Repeat Signs 9:03
  • First and Second Endings 10:34
    • Listening to the Example
  • Example 1: Creating Bar Lines 14:04
  • Example 2: Creating Double Bar Lines 14:17
  • Example 3: Creating Bar Lines, Double Bar Lines and Repeat Sign 14:39
  • Example 4: Creating First and Second Endings 15:24