#1
I feel really stupid asking this but how do you really keep a beat? The only real band situation I was in the drummer had one beat for every song, hence why we broke up, now I have a metronome but when im in 4/4 time do I just strum my guitar four times or what? This is quite a delama for me a any help is GREATLY appreciated.

Oh and yes I look in the lesson section but didn't find anything.
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#2
You just gotta stay consistent...If you wanna play four notes per beat, they just do so and make sure the first note is in time with the beat (well, actually you can also do it differently, but anyways...)
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#3
but if I do 8 beats per measure then is my time signature 8/4?
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#6
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but if I do 8 beats per measure then is my time signature 8/4?

It depends on how many notes you play inbetween each beat.
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#7
The beat is the pulse of the song. Time signatures describe how what the written music is meant to be felt.

Notes don't = beats. You can have any number on notes on a single beat of a measure.

4/4 time doesn't have to have 4 notes in it, and 8 beats in one measure isn't always 8/4. 12/8 can be interpreted to be 4 triplet beats, and funky compound time like 10/8 can be felt with 4 beats as well.
#8
^^ what the guy above said, also remember that you don't always have to play 'in tune' with the beat, syncopations can add a lot to your music as well. There are some very good guides on the internet regarding this subject, do yourself a favour and spend a hour or two looking for material, and you'll certainly come up with a lot of stuff to work with.
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