So what about these notes? Can they like, last a different amount of time?
In this tutorial we will be discussing note lengths and going through the most common ones which you will find in your musical journeys. So, let's have some fun.
A note duration specifies how long a note is meant to be played in a song. This duration has its own measuring unit called a beat (hence why tempo is measured in beats per minute).
What exactly constitutes a single beat in a measure is directly related to the time signature of a song. In order to better understand note lengths though, we'll keep it simple in this tutorial and user a four quarter notes time signature in these examples. We will discuss time signatures and their impact on what constitutes a beat in a separate tutorial.
So, what are the most common note lengths you ask? Here they are:
And in order to have an audio idea of how these sound like, here it is:
So, what exactly do we have here? Well, let's take them bar by bar:
As you may have already gathered, these lengths are somewhat related to each other. A whole note lasts the equivalent of 2 half notes, 4 quarter notes, 8 eighth notes and so on. A half note lasts the equivalent of two quarter notes, 4 eighth notes, 8 sixteenth notes and so on. A quarter note lasts the equivalent of 2 eighth notes, 4 sixteenth notes, 8 thirtysecond notes and so on.
And that about covers it for this tutorial. There are other notes which last even longer than a whole note or even shorter than a thirtysecond note, but they are really not that common and a bit out of scope for a beginner series. Next up, we're going to talk about rests. Or if you will, we'll actually going to talk about the sound...of silence. I'll see myself out. See you next time :) .