can someone please thouroughly explain the different note variations from low to high ie 8th notes 16 notes etc and how they relate to using a metronome. do i strike each note as the metronome ticks or am i spposed to hit a certain amount of notes within the time it takes the metro to make a tick and tock sound..PLEASE NO ONE SENTENCE RESPONSES! thanks..
I put this in your other thread aswell dude ..

The ticks of the metronome are the numbers, the n's are notes you play (as well as on the ticks) :

Quarter notes: . . . 1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . . 4 . . .

8th notes: . . . 1 . n . 2 . n . 3 . n . 4 . n . . .

16th notes: . . . 1 . n . n . n . 2 . n . n . n . 3 . n . n . n . 4 . n . n . n . . .

Just remember 8th notes mean you play 2 notes per tick, and 16th notes means you play 4 per tick .. because typically a music bar has 4 ticks (beats).

So 2 notes per tick x 4 beats = 8 notes.
4 notes per tick x 4 beats = 16 notes.

I hope that makes sense .. probably not, ha, I just woke up.
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I put this in your other thread aswell dude ..

The ticks of the metronome are the numbers, the n's are notes you play (as well as on the ticks) :

Quarter notes: . . . 1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . . 4 . . .

8th notes: . . . 1 . n . 2 . n . 3 . n . 4 . n . . .

16th notes: . . . 1 . n . n . n . 2 . n . n . n . 3 . n . n . n . 4 . n . n . n . . .

Just remember 8th notes mean you play 2 notes per tick, and 16th notes means you play 4 per tick .. because typically a music bar has 4 ticks (beats).

So 2 notes per tick x 4 beats = 8 notes.
4 notes per tick x 4 beats = 16 notes.

I hope that makes sense .. probably not, ha, I just woke up.

This is mostly right but it kinda depends on a) the time signature and b) what the metronome is set to click on. For example sometimes on a piece of music it will say crotchet = 120, meaning there are 120 clicks per minute, and each click is on a quarter note. Sometimes it will have a dotted crotchet = 120, which would mean 120 ticks are played every minute BUT each tick represents a dotted crotchet - this is usually used for compound time signatures such a 9/8.

If it's 4/4 then yes, as it's one quarter per tick then 4 ticks will represent one bar. If it's 4/8 (for some reason) then it's 4 8th notes per bar, which, if the metronome is set to crotchet = 120, is going to be 2 ticks per bar. If the metronome is set to quaver = 120 then it'll be 4 ticks per bar. If you're in compound timing, such as 9/8, you'll either set the metronome to dotted quarter = 120, in which case it's 3 ticks per bar, a dotted quaver = 120, which is 6 ticks per bar, or just a quaver = 120, in which case it's 9 ticks per bar.

In retrospect, I probably could have explained that better. Also posting this has made me realise UG really needs notation icons.
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