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WEEK 5

5.MEighth-Notes


This section introduces a new note-value, the Eighth-Note or Quaver. An eighth-note lasts for half as long as a quarter-note, so in time signatures where a quarter-note lasts for one beat, an eighth-note lasts for half a beat.

Eighth-notes can be written on their own, looking like quarter-notes with curly flags attached to their stems, but for the moment you will see them in pairs, in which case they are joined by a beam. The two bars below show the same music unbeamed, then beamed. They will sound the same.

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The beamed pairs are much easier to read because the first note of each pair is played on the beat, and the second on the off-beat. That isn't half so obvious when you see a string of loose eighth-notes.

Counting Eighth-Notes

In all the rhythms that you have played so far, every note has started 'on the beat'. However, in pairs of eighth-notes/quavers, the first note falls on the beat and the second half way between.

Counting 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 doesn't acknowledge these off-beat notes so you need to insert an 'and' between every count - '1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &' etc.

  • Count and clap the following, then count and play it.
  • Loop it a number of times.
  • If you are using the metronome, your numbers should always be with the click, the 'ands' inbetween . . . 72bpm?
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Here's how that should have sounded.

Mixing them up . . .

Count, clap and loop the following. Keep the 'ands' going even where you don't need them -

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And here the note values are even more mixed up -

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Even more so -

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Work this one out for yourself and check it against the audio below - two bars in . . .

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Here's how that should have sounded.