Note Values

 Brackets have been added above each note value to indicate relative duration.

Whole Note

Whole Rest - also  Whole Measure Rest

Dotted Half Note

3 count rest or use dotted half rest

Half Note

Half Note Rest

Dotted Quarter Note

Dotted Quarter Note Rest

Quarter Note

Quarter Note Rest

Dotted Eighth Note

Dotted Eighth Note Rest

Eighth Note

Eighth Note Rest

Sixteenth Note

Sixteenth Note Rest

Triplet - three per quarter note

Quarter Note Rest

Quintuplet - five per quarter note

Quarter Note Rest

Triplet Sixteenths - six per quarter note

Quarter Note Rest

Sextuplet - seven per quarter note

Quarter Note Rest

Triplet Quarter Notes - three per half note

Half Note Rest


Brackets show how many of each value are required to fill the same amount of time.  For example, a whole note equals two half notes or four quarter notes.


Instead of writing two eighth notes with flags, they may be connected with a beam.

can be written:

Beams are used to form groups of notes that belong to the same pulse. This makes it easier for the performer to read more complicated rhythms. It makes it easier to see where rhythms occur in relation to the pulse.

can be written:

Try reading a long complicated rhythm written with flags. You will quickly see why beams make reading rhythms much easier. Vocal music often uses flags to show the way words are to be divided into syllables as the melody is sung.

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