Time: Basic notation
|The duration of a note is indicated by a standard set of symbols and is measured relative to a beat determined by the time signature. The time signature governs how notes are grouped.|
These groupings are demarcated by vertical lines (bar lines) that divide the staves into measures.
Basic duration symbols are shown here.
From a musical standpoint, the notion of objective length, as measured by a clock, is secondary and is determined by a tempo marking, such as allegro (fast) or adagio (slow), or a metronome marking that states the number of beats that occur in one minute.
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