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Lesson 13: Subdividing the Beat When the Eighth Note Equals One Beat

Practice PatternsLesson 13 Practice Patterns

 

In Lesson 8 we learned that a sixteenth note is equal to half the length of an eighth note. Therefore, when the eighth note is equal to one beat, the sixteenth note is equal to half of a beat.

Subdivided Eighth Note Beats

When sixteenth notes occur on the second half of the beat in 3/8, 4/8, or 6/8 time, the “+” sign is used, and we count the word “and.”

Subdividing the eighth note beat

Just as the sixteenth note is equal to half a beat, the sixteenth rest is also equal to half a beat.

Sixteenth rests with an eighth note beat

 

 

 

Here is a continuation of the relative note value chart from Lesson 12, with the eighth note equal to one beat.

One dotted eighth note = three sixteenth notes = 1 and 1/2 beats:
One dotted eighth note equals three sixteenth notes

 

One sixteenth note = half the length of an eighth note = 1/2 a beat:
One sixteenth note is half of an eighth note


Practice SuggestionsLesson 13 Practice Suggestions

Practice PatternsLesson 13 Practice Patterns

 

Subdivided eighth note beat patterns

 

The eight note is not always equal to one beat in 3/8 and 6/8 time. Learn how to play in compound meter in Lesson 14.

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