Beginners/Explaining Music

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Message 13443 · 15 Oct 1998 00:08:03 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Great job, Andrew!
--ellie

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Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 15:14:40 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Andrew J. M. Smith" <xxxxxxx@xxxxxxx.Xxx.XXX>
To: Mel and Ellie Briscoe <xxxxxxx@xxxxxx.xxxxx.xxx>
Subject: Re: Beginners/Explaining Music

Ellie - easier said than done.

In British music parlance the order of notes, starting from longest would
be: (every note is half of the one above)

breve (super long - only used in church music?)
semibreve (a whole bar in 4/4 time - a big fat note with no stem)
minim ( 2 beats in 4/4 time - what you would call a half note)
crotchet ( 1 beat in 4/4 time - a quarter note)
quaver ( 1/2 beat in 4/4 - an eighth note)
semiquaver (1/4 beat in 4/4 - a sixteenth note)
demi-semiquaver (1/8 beat in 4/4 - a thirtysecond note)
hemi-demi-semiquaver (1/16 beat in 4/4 - a sixtyfourth note)

And we refer to measures as bars.

Clear?

Now from the semiquaver in bar 16.....

Andrew
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On Wed, 14 Oct 1998, Mel and Ellie Briscoe wrote:

> Could someone who knows both North American and British usage for music
> terminology please post a translation table for half note/quarter
> note/etc. vs. crotchets and quavers? Much obliged--
>
> ellie briscoe
> Alexandria VA USA
>
>
>
> --
> Mel and Ellie Briscoe <xxxxxxx@xxxxxx.xxxxx.xxx>
>
>

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