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slimer525

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Counting whole/half notes
« on: January 25, 2011, 03:45:54 am »
Hey all,

I'm up to exercise 3.2 and have a question about counting half notes (whole notes as well).

For a half note, would I say/tap with my finger 1, 2 ? Or would the 2 be silent since the note is held?

Thanks!

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Re: Counting whole/half notes
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2011, 03:52:32 am »
Lets take standard 4 beats to a bar.

Whole note = lasts 4 beats
Half note = lasts 2 beats
Quarter note = lasts 1 beat
Eight notes = lasts 1/2 beat
16th notes = lasts 1/4 beat

The important thing is the length.


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Re: Counting whole/half notes
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2011, 09:41:36 am »
Hey all,

I'm up to exercise 3.2 and have a question about counting half notes (whole notes as well).

For a half note, would I say/tap with my finger 1, 2 ? Or would the 2 be silent since the note is held?

Thanks!

If there are 4 beats to a measure with a quarter note receiving 1 beat, the half note would receive two beats.  That is, the half note tone would be held for two beats.  What I do to maintain rhythm, throughout a song, is tap the count for the half note.  For me, I get all messed up if I try an do a silent count.  I had a real problem with this with rests.  I'm better off just tapping everything out and keep my rhythm going. 

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Re: Counting whole/half notes
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2011, 12:17:27 pm »
you would only say out loud the note that is played so say the 1 and whisper the 2 and the 3/4 if it was a whole note!
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