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THE CROTCHET

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".

CROTCHET/QUARTER NOTE

This is a Crotchet, also called a Quarter Note. It lasts for one beat. In practice, this means when you see a Crotchet, you clap once.

CROTCHET

QUARTER NOTE

or

ONE BEAT

If you see four crotchets you play four times, each lasting for one beat.

Each Crotchet beat lasts for the same amount of time: one beat. This is why it sounds even and measured. If you were to play four times for different lengths, it would no longer be four crotchets and would be a different rhythm.

FOUR CROTCHETS

NOT FOUR CROTCHETS

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