Note durations are one of the most foundational aspects of rhythm that we learn as musicians and piano players.
Duration simply means the length of time that something lasts…such as a road trip or the length of a movie. It tells you how long you will be continuing the activity.
In music, we have different notes rhythmically – meaning that they have different lengths according to the type of note. This is what we mean by note durations.
When we travel, we measure the duration of the trip in the number of miles we must travel, or by our clocks in knowing how long the drive will take us to complete.
In music however, we measure the duration of a note by how many beats it has, or how many counts it has.
*One mistake that most beginners make is thinking that a beat is as long as one second. Don’t compare the tempo (how fast or slow) of beats in music, with seconds on a clock or watch. They aren’t the same. Beats can and often are longer than a second…it all depends on how fast your tempo is.
Today we're going to learn quarter note, half note, dotted half note, and whole note durations and how to play and count them.
In the following video I show you what each of these different types of notes look like and how to count and play them on the piano keyboard. Mastering these types of note durations will give you a leap towards more complex rhythmic note values and playing lots of new kinds of music on your piano.
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