Feel the Pulse
Eighth Notes and Sixteenth Notes
You learned about rhythmic notation by studying the symbols for notes. You learned about whole notes, half notes, and quarter notes. But did you know that these notes can be divided even further? A quarter note can be divided in half, into
. There are two eighth notes in the duration of one beat, or one quarter note. A
divides the beat even further. A sixteenth note is half the duration of an eighth note, or one-quarter of a beat. For each quarter note, you could play four sixteenth notes. The following note tree will help you understand. You see that each note can be divided into equal units, which are shown on the next row of the tree.
Keep the following principles in mind:
Different types of notes have different parts: note head
, and flag
Note heads on whole notes and half notes are never filled in.
Eighth notes have a single flag. Sixteenth notes have a double flag.
Notice that the eighth notes and sixteenth notes on the left side of the note tree are separated. The eighth notes and sixteenth notes on the right side of the note tree are connected by beams. Both methods are correct.
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