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Note Duration

Note duration is defined as the length of time that a note is played, that is, the timing of how long to hold the note.

Different note types indicate the different note durations.

Whole Note (Semibreve)

A whole note (American English) or semibreve (British English) has the longest note duration.

whole note or semibreve

Half Note (Minim)

A half note (American English) of minim (British English) has half the duration of a whole note.

half note or minim

Two half notes equal the duration of a whole note.

Two half notes equal the duration of a whole note

Quarter Note (Crotchet)

A quarter note (American English) or crotchet (British English) has half the duration of a half note.

quarter note or crotchet

It is one quarter of the duration of a whole note. Two quarter notes have the same amount of time as one half note.

Two quarter notes have the same amount of time as one half note

Four quarter notes have the same amount of time as one whole note.

Four quarter notes have the same amount of time as one whole note

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Eighth Note (Quaver)

An eighth note (American English) or quaver (British English) is half of a quarter note. It has one flag.

eighth note or quaver

Two eighth notes equal the duration of a quarter note. An eighth note is played for one eighth the duration of a whole note.

Two eighth notes equal the duration of a quarter note

Two eighth notes

Sixteenth Note (Semiquavers)

A sixteenth note (American English) or semiquavers (British English) has two flags.

sixteenth note or semiquavers

Two sixteenth notes have the same amount of time as one eighth note. Four sixteenth notes equal the duration of a quarter note.

Two sixteenth notes have the same amount of time as one eighth note

Two sixteenth notes

Four sixteenth notes equal the duration of a quarter note

Summary of Different Note Types and Their Relationships to Each Other

Below is a summary of the different note types and their relationship to each other.
a summary of the different note types and their relationship to each other

 

Rest Duration & The Different Rest Types

 

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