What does 32 bars mean in music?

I don’t know and I’m auditioning for this play at my school. I appreciate your answers. Thanks!

12 Answers

  • a bar is a section of music. If you look on your sheet music, you will see little lines running up and down, spacing out the notes, those are bar lines. For example, if your music is 4/4 then you will see a bar after every 4 beats.

    32 bars is 32 of these little sections.

  • Now that numerous people explained what a bar/measure is, let me finesse the matter a bit. [I’ve cast about 20 projects as a director or as a music director, and I’ve worked as an audition pianist countless times.]

    First, you always want to pick the section of the song that will best show off your range — both vocal range and acting/performance abilities. So it’s ok to start in the middle of a song if you like.

    However, what a lot of performers don’t realize is that auditors are not sitting at the table literally counting the bars as you sing. Nor has the audition pianist been instructed to count bars and immediately cease playing when the allotment has been reached. Granted, stipulated limits of eight, 16, and 32 bars correspond to phrasing in songs that are in 4/4, but with things like songs in 3/4 or other odd meters there’s a bit of leeway. So, it really comes down to time — if the limit is 8 bars aim for 20 seconds, 16 bars is about 40 seconds, and 32 is about a minute.

  • On a peice of sheet music, there is bars. A bar is 4 whole beats. Your peice of sheet music should look something like this, but with notes in each space.


    Inside each line is a bar. So they want to hear you sing about 32 bars. That means that you need to count out about 32 of those lines and sing those.

    Good Luck!

  • A bar is a measure. A measure is the space in between two vertical lines. Just count 32 “spaces” and that’s what you need. Check the chorus section first. that may be 32.

  • Those verticle lines in the sheet much are bars. They want you to just do 32 separate blocks of those vertical lines.

    Usually a verse and a chorus as they are generally 16 bars each.

  • if you see a piece of music sheet, you will see there is a long 5 lined BARS and within those bars, there are those dividing lines called measures and within measures, there are notes 🙂 so i guess 32 bars mean about 4 pages of music?

  • you are able to sing “do no longer Rain on my Parade”. 32 bars in basic terms ability 32 measures. For an audition, you oftentimes want to apply the final 32 measures of a track, so which you would be able to tutor your know-how throughout the time of the construct/climax of the track.

  • It means after you have been to 32 bars, you do not care about the music. lol I am glad to see people new the answer to your Q. Good luck.

  • Format: 8 staves per sheet – 4 bars/measures per stave = 32 bars/measures per page.

  • 32 Bars Of Music

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