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SEMIBREVE/WHOLE NOTE

SUMMARY

1) Rhythm is a mixture of sounds and silences referred to as “notes” and “rests”.

2) Each note and rest has a value, denoting how long it should be held for.

3) How long a note or rest lasts for is described in "beats".

MINIM/HALF NOTE

The final note of this section is also the longest. A Semibreve or Whole Note lasts for four beats.

Much like the Minim, we would only play once but hold and count to four. 

If we played four times on each beat, this would be four crotchets.

TEST YOURSELF

Let's add Semibreves to our Crotchets and Minims! Remember to have a go first before listening.

COUNTING NOTES

All notes and rests have two names. For instance, a Crotchet is also called a Quarter Note. "Crotchet" is a fancier reference whereas "Quarter Note" is a reference to the note's value in alongside other musical notes. If you'd like to read more, check out: Why Do Notes have Two Different Names?

NOTES AND NAMES

NOTES AND NAMES

NOTES AND NAMES

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