downbeat

Definition of Downbeat:

The downbeat is the first beat in a measure. The downbeat has an implied accent, making it stand out from other beats.

  • Count: 1-2-3-4 … 1-2-3-4 … The 1 should be the loudest beat in your head, while 4 should be the weakest.

See upbeat.

More Tempo Terminology:

Musical Symbols:


Beginner Piano Lessons
▪  Notes of the Piano Keys
▪  The Point Of Double-Sharps
▪  Finding Middle C on the Piano
▪  Essential Piano Fingering
▪  Comparing Major & Minor Chords
Getting Started on Keyboards
▪  Finding the Right Piano Teacher
▪  Sitting Correctly at the Keys
▪  Playing Piano vs. Electric Keyboard
▪  How to Buy a Used Piano
▪  Musical Keyboard Comparison Guide
Piano Chords
▪  Chord Types & Symbols in Sheet Music
▪  Root Notes & Chord Inversion
▪  Diminished Chords & Dissonance
▪  Essential Piano Chord Fingering
▪  Different Types of Arpeggiated Chords
Piano Care
▪  Everyday Piano Care
▪  Safely Whiten Your Piano Keys
▪  When to Tune a Piano
▪  Easy-to-Spot Signs of Piano Damage
▪  Piano Room Temps & Humidity Levels
Piano Recitals & Performing
▪  What to Eat & Drink Before a Performance
▪  Concert Etiquette for the Audience
▪  Warming Up for a Piano Performance
▪  Minimizing Stage Fright
▪  Overcoming Mistakes On Stage
♫ Musical Quizzes!
● Identify the Piano Keys
● Tempo Command & BPM Quiz
● Volume Commands & Dynamics Symbols


Helpful Info For Owning a Piano


How to Safely Whiten Your Piano Keys
Learn ivory-safe methods for brightening up your acoustic piano keys, and find out what you can do to prevent keyboard yellowing.
When to Tune a Piano
Find out when (and how frequently) you should schedule a professional piano tuning to keep your piano healthy and on-pitch.
Easy-to-Spot Signs of Piano Damage
Before you buy or sell an acoustic piano, learn how to assess it for both internal and external damage.
Ideal Piano Temp & Humidity Levels
Learn how to maintain sound quality and piano health by monitoring the temperature, humidity, and natural light in your piano room.

Illustrated Piano Chords:
AbmajAbma7Abma9  | AbminAbm7Abm9  | AbdimAb°7  | AbaugAb+7  | Absus2Absus4