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How to Count Bars in Rap

How to Count Bars in Rap

If you’re a rapper, producer, a hip-hop fan into rap music, or getting into rap music, it is essential and helpful to learn how to count bars in a song so you can understand rap better. Counting bars helps with song structure and understanding.

A bar is a complete measure, for example 1, 2, 3, 4

An 8 bar verse would look like

1,2,3,4 . 2,2,3,4 . 3,2,3,4 . 4,2,3,4 . 5,2,3,4 . 6,2,3,4 . 7,2,3,4 . 8,2,3,4

A 16 bar verse would look like

1,2,3,4 . 2,2,3,4 . 3,2,3,4 . 4,2,3,4 . 5,2,3,4 . 6,2,3,4 . 7,2,3,4 . 8,2,3,4

9,2,3,4 . 10,2,3,4 . 11,2,3,4 . 12,2,3,4 . 13,2,3,4 . 14,2,3,4 . 15,2,3,4 . 16,2,3,4

and so on.