I'm teaching myself to read music and I'm struggling how to count each top bar. It just keeps on being more than 3:( Any help would be much appreciated.:)
Think of the three beats as counted 1,2,3. Then the subdivisions can be counted as 1 & 2 & 3 &. So the dotted quarter takes up 1 & 2; then the eighth note the next & and the last quarter note as 3.(Quarter note = Crochet, Eighth note = Quaver) Actually, any short syllable can be used instead of "and."
The 3/4 means three main pulses; each pulse can have subdivisions or even have irregular connections between the notes.