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Bandwagon Music Studios

There are two rules of music that will make it

easier to understand rhythm.

The first rule is that the different lengths are

relative to each other. The lengths or values will

either divide or multiply by two.

As the notes get shorter they do so by dividing

by two. As the notes get longer they do so by

multiplying by two.

This is why the notes have the names whole, half

and quarter. The half note is half as long as the

whole note, the quarter note is half as long as the

half note (the quarter note would therefore be a

quarter as long as the whole note).

So however long you let the quarter note ring

for the eighth note will ring twice as short,

and half note will ring twice as long.

The quarter note is the “foundation value” in

rhythm. This is because it is in the middle of

the values. You only have to make two steps

to get to the longest values and two steps to

get to the shortest values. If the whole note

was the foundation you have to make 4 steps

to get to the 16ths – too many steps and too

hard to calculate

MULTIPLY BY 2.

Lengths get longer by 2.

DIVIDE BY 2

Lengths get shorter by 2.