3 Beat Song

Ludwig will show you how he keeps the beat of a song where the beats have been measured into groups of Three.

Ludwig’s baton makes a Triangle shape in the air.
He lowers his arms on the first beat of each bar.

A dance that uses a three beat pattern is called a Waltz.

Here is the audio track for the 3 Beat Song.

Watch Ludwig conducting the 3 Beat Song.

Play Video

Time Signature

3 =


conducting patterns

4 = 


1 Beat  = walk = 1/4 note or crotchet

Ludwig’s 3 Beat Song


PLW_PSS_P2S5_3 Beat-Song-Notation

Exercise / Activity

  1. Copy Ludwig’s action of conducting a 3 beat song.
  2. Listen to the song several times and join in the singing as you conduct the song.
  3. When you listen to the tracks on the LISTENING LIST in THE EXTENSIONS try and recognise another 3 beat song.

You could ask family or friends to join in with the 3 BEAT SONG using PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS.

  1. One person could use a shaker for the PULSE BEAT.
  2. One person could use a drum for the  ACCENT BEAT.
  3. One person could use clap sticks for the LINE PATTERNS.

Experiment to find out which instruments sound best for each pattern.