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Rhythmic Notation

  • A whole note looks like a circle and indicates a note to be held for 4 counts.
  • A half note looks like a circle connected to a stem and indicates a note to be held for 2 counts.
  • A quarter note looks like a filled in circle connected to a stem and indicates a note to be held for 1 count.
  • Combining these notes to add up to four counts per measure creates different rhythmic patterns.

Rhythmic Notation

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Objectives 0:06
  • Whole Notes 0:18
    • Writing Whole Notes
    • Whole Notes are 4 Beats
    • Listening to a Whole Note
    • Octave
    • Writing and Identifying Example Whole Notes
  • Half Notes 4:17
    • Half Notes are Connected to a Staff
    • Half Notes are 2 Beats
    • Writing Half Notes
    • Rules for Stem Directions
  • Quarter Notes 7:06
    • Quarter Notes are 1 Beat
    • Writing Quarter Notes on the Staff
  • Stem Direction 9:16
    • It's Okay to Have a Down Stem and Up Stem in the Same Measure
  • Example 1: Whole Notes 10:56
  • Example 2: Half Notes 11:26
  • Example 3: Quarter Notes 11:51
  • Example 4: Quarter Notes 12:59
  • Example 5: Stem Direction 13:01
  • Example 6: Rhythmic Combinations 14:25