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MINIM/HALF 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

Minims or Half Notes are notes that last for two beats. This means you play once on beat one then count to two.

It’s important to remember that you don’t play twice. Instead, you play once and count to two, holding for two beats.

ONE MINIM

NOT ONE MINIM

If you played twice on each beat, this would be two Crotchets and not one Minim.

TEST YOURSELF

Rhythms can be mixed and matched in an infinite number of ways. Now we know two different kinds of rhythms - Crotchets and Minims - we can mix them together to create new patterns. Test yourself below, playing what you think the answer is before listening!

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