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Chords Level 1
Bandwagon Music Studios
16th NOTES
Let’s look at some common rhythm patterns
which are based on the sixteenth note (which
can also be called the semi-quaver.)
The shape of a sixteenth note is like that of an
eighth note but with an extra tail.
The sixteenth note can be either on its own
with two tails or the tails of two or more
sixteenths can be joined using a double beam.
Whether written as single notes or with beams
it makes no difference if the stems go up or
We will look at a few different ways of
counting sixteenth notes (and music in general).
Each method has some good points and bad
points about them. Probably the best system of
counting is to still count the beats but realize
that the same shape of note will have the same
value no matter whereabouts in the bar it is.
Counting Method 1.
Here we use numbers to count the beats, “&” to
count eighth notes, and e or a (pronounced ah)
to count the sixteenths.
2 3 4
1 &
2 & 3 & 4 &
1 e &
2 e &
3 e &
4 e &