Musical Note Values

Musical notes comprise of musical notations which are a symbolic visual illustration of music. Musical notations are a simple and universal way through which musician communicates with each other. Creating musical notes can be tasking; the work becomes easier if you rely on templates.

The Purpose of Musical Notes

Musical notes make practicing and studying music simple. They are a representation of music. The use of musical notes templates makes it easy to grasp melodies and musical rhythms. These letters offer a guideline to the musician. They provide a universal way of communicating music to both beginners and experts.

Music notes values

A music note on a stave offers details on the duration and the pitch. The design of the note informs you of its duration while its position on the staff informs you of its pitch. Let’s get further information about the duration of the notes.

The rhythm tree

A rhythm tree provides a better understanding of the note lengths. It shows the relationship between notes.

Double whole note (breve)

The whole note is the longest note used in modern day music. In the UK, it’s referred to as the Breve, while in the US the term double whole note is preferred. According to the pattern of notes in the rhythm tree, the double whole note divides into two whole notes referred to as semibreves. Thus the double whole note is equivalent to 8quarter notes (crotchets). Since the introduction of smaller value notes by music composers, the breve isn’t used frequently. It is denoted as a whole note with bars on both sides or as an open rectangle.

Whole note (semibreve)

In the modern day, the whole note serves as the longest note used generally for music. Its duration is four quarter notes.

Half note (Minim)

Though the half note is still open, it differs from the whole note in that it has a stem. In4/4 timing, a single half note is equal to 2 beats.

Quarter note (crotchet)

The crotchet in the rhythm tree is in between the frequently used notes. The quarter note is the accepted standard in 1 beat music. Its position in the rhythm tree ensures that whole notes aren’t too long to count; besides shorter and more common notes (e.g., the eight and sixteenth notes) become easier to count though they are mainly fractioning of a note.

Eighth note (Quaver)

The eight notes are equivalent to ½ of a quarter notes. In the 3/8 timing and other similar timings, the eighth note can be viewed as 1 beat. He eighth on the lower part of the fraction denotes that you’re counting in eighths. On the rhythm tree, the eighth note is the first note to have a flag. The flag is the tail-like appearance on the note. The eighth note can be single or attached with beams. If joined in sets of 2, they make a single beat. Similarly, they can be grouped in sets of 3s, 4s, 5s or 6s as per the time signature. No matter how the eighths are grouped, each is equivalent to ½ a quarter note.

Sixteenth note (Semiquaver)

The sixteenth note is equivalent to ¼ of a quarter notes. It varies from the eight notes due to an extra flag. Additionally, it can be grouped as the eighth note.

Mix and match of the various music note values

The eighth, sixteenth and other similarly notes with flags can be grouped. You can easily know the note you’re dealing with by looking at the beams attached to the stem of the note.

Thirty-second note (Demisemiquaver)

The thirty-second note bears three flags and is grouped similarly as the eighth and sixteenth notes.

Sixty-fourth note (Hemidemisemiquaver)

In general, notational use, the hemidemisemiquaver is the shortest note. It has an exciting name; besides it has four flags. A denoted by the Latin(semi), Greek(hem) and French(demi), words meaning “half,” the hemidemisemiquaver is equivalent to half, of half, of half of a quaver (eighth note).