Note Duration The length of sound or silence in music reading.
A Beat is a steady reoccurring pulse. It might be a slow pulse or a fast pulse
Rhythm is the organization of sound lengths.
Sound lengths are called note duration or notes. There are two types of note duration: Notes and Rests. Each note has a specific length assigned to it when it is in a specific time signature.
Whole Note This is a whole note, it gets 4 beats when in common time.
Half Note This is a half note. It gets 2 beats in common time.
Quarter Note This is a quarter note. It gets one beat in common time.
Eighth Note This is an Eighth Note. It gets ½ of a beat in common time.
Two Eighth Notes Sometimes two or more eighth notes are connected and look like this.
Sixteenth Note This is a sixteenth note. It gets ¼ of a beat in common time.
Multiple Sixteenth Notes Four sixteenth notes look like this.
Whole Rest This is a whole rest. It gets four beats of silence.
Half Rest This is a half rest. It gets two beats of silence.
Quarter Rest This is a quarter rest. It gets one beat of silence.
Eighth Rest This is an eighth rest. It gets ½ beat of silence.
Sixteenth Rest This is a sixteenth rest. It gets ¼ beat of silence.
Let’s Review Can you remember each note name and how many beats it gets?
Correct, it is an eighth rest which gets ½ beat.
Correct, it is a quarter note which gets 1 beat.
Correct, it is a quarter rest and received 1 beat of silence.
Correct, it is a half note which gets two beats.
Correct, it is an eighth note which gets ½ beat.
Correct, it is a whole note and gets four beats.
Correct, it is a half rest which gets two beats of silence.
Correct, it is a whole rest and gets four counts of silence.