Music Theory - note values?

Hi, i was wondering if someone can kinda teach me note values (example: quarter note = 1 beat) and stuff like that. thanks!!

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  • Rick D
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    1 decade ago
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    In order to fully understand note values you have to understand time signatures and how note values relate to each other. Here are the basics:

    The whole note is the largest note. The whole note can be divided into two half notes. A half note can be divided into two quarter notes. A quarter note can be divided into two eighth notes. An eighth note can be divided into two sixteenth notes.

    Next, time signatures. The top number tells you how many beats there are in the measure. The bottom number tells you what kind of note gets one beat. 1=whole, 2=half, 4=quarter,8=eighth.

    So, if the time signature was 4/4 there are 4 beats in the measure and the quarter note gets one beat. Knowing what note is getting the beat then we can relate that to other notes. If a quarter note gets 1 beat then a half note would get two and a whole note would get 4. Since an eighth is half of a quarter note it would get half a beat, and a sixteenth would get a forth of a beat.

    When the bottom number changes all the note values change. But, how the note values relate to each other would not change.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    In 4/4 time a quarter note gets 1 beat, a half note gets 2 beats, a whole note gets 4 beats, and an eighth note gets one half of a beat. The first note in the time signature tells how many beats there will be to a measure, and the bottom number tells which type of note gets one beat. In 3/4 time, a quarter note would get 1 beat, a half note would get 2 beats, an eigth note would get one half of a beat, and a whole note would get three beats. There are many more time signatures,but to start out usually most songs will be in 4/4 or 3/4 time.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Good information above. Just wanted to add an easy reference chart:

    http://www.musicgoals.com/WebHelp/Note_Values.htm

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