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A Basic Introduction to Rhythm
Part 4: Music Notation

Writing music on paper or on a computer is the musical equivalent of using written language to communicate with words. It allows us to create ideas, save them for later, and compose music for ourselves and others to perform.
Music is written on a staff, which is a group of five parallel lines that looks like this:

The Music Staff

The staff is broken down into measures by lines that run straight up and down. These lines are called measure lines or bar lines.

Measure Lines

Now let’s learn about time signatures.
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