Counting Whole Notes on Piano

Beginner Lessons

Learn How To Count Whole Notes On The Piano!

Today I'm going to talk to you about whole notes, as they relate to 4/4 time, also known as common time. In 4/4 time there are four beats per measure. A whole note, as the name implies, takes up a whole measure.

To understand the proper way to play a whole note, start your metronome. Hit a key on a click of the metronome and hold it for four clicks. On the fifth click, a new measure is starting and you should play the note again. Remember that the click that you start on counts as one click. So it goes: note click click click, note click click click, note click click click, etc.

Keep playing whole notes, holding them for four clicks and repeating on the fifth click until you have a feel for whole notes.

For the next lesson, I recommend you practice counting half notes .