How To Play 1/4 Notes and 1/8 Notes In Rhythm
Music is divided up into bars and each bar contains a certain number of beats. This is what musicians use to count themselves in and this is the pulse that binds the music together.
The most common time for music is 4/4 which means that there are four beats in each bar and each note takes up an equal share or 1/4 of that bar. 1/4 Notes are written as follows:
Practice by counting the 1/4 notes as 1,2,3,4 and clapping for each of the 4 that you count.
Each beat in the bar can also be divided so that it becomes two half beats. As there are two half beats in each beat and there are four beats in each bar it naturally follows that the half beat notes are 1/8 notes because there are eight of them in each bar. 1/8 notes are written as follows:
Practice counting the 1/8 notes as 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and. The notes that fall on the beat (1,2,3,4) stay the same as before. Simply add the and between each one to change them into 1/8 notes.
Playing 1/4 and 1/8 Notes on the Guitar
In the following video lesson learn how 1/4 notes and 1/8 notes relate to playing notes on the guitar.
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