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well eventually I'm going to start playing with a metronome and obviously I want to keep in time, but even for anything I just need to know this : What are 8th notes, quarter notes, whole notes, half notes, 16th notes, etc. ? And how can I identify them when playing bars/measures?


Thanks,

RaVe
#2
If you would like to get to know these sorts of stuff, learn scales and Music Theory.
#3
A whole note is a note that lasts 4 beats in 4/4 measure, so the entire measure.
A half note is a note that lasts 2 beats in 4/4 measure.
A quarter note is a note that lasts 1 beat in 4/4 measure.
A 8th note is a note that lasts a half a beat in 4/4 measure.
A 16th note is a note that lasts 1/8 of a beat and so on.
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I suck at explaining this kinda thing. Try this site. His intro lessons deal with understanding notation. Hope that helps.
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A whole note is a note that lasts 4 beats in 4/4 measure, so the entire measure.
A half note is a note that lasts 2 beats in 4/4 measure.
A quarter note is a note that lasts 1 beat in 4/4 measure.
A 8th note is a note that lasts a half a beat in 4/4 measure.
A 16th note is a note that lasts 1/8 of a beat and so on.



Thank you, that is what I was looking for.
#6
In traditional theory,

A whole note is a semibreve.
A half note is a minim.
Quarter notes are crotchets.
8th notes are quavers.
16th notes are semi-quavers.
32nd notes are demi-semi-quavers.
64th notes are hemi-demi-semi-quavers.

And so in in that direction.

You also occasionally meet breves, which are 2 whole notes.
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