Learn about Rhythm
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.
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.”
Just as the sixteenth note is equal to half a beat, the sixteenth rest is also equal to half a 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 sixteenth note = half the length of an eighth note = 1/2 a beat:
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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