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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.