Sixteenth notes may look complicated, and difficult to count, but this can be easily done, by following a few simple rules.
As sixteenth notes, are 1/4 of a count each, it follows, that four sixteenth notes, are equal to one count.
Remember counting pairs of eighth notes?
We counted them as: 'one and, two and, three and, four and'
Well the same principle applies to sixteenth notes.
The traditional way of counting these, is to say 'one e and a, 2 e and a', and so on.
This gives us a syllable for each of the four sixteenth notes which make up one count.
If you find this confusing, just watch the video, where I will show how this works in practice.
Here is a selection of different note types and how they are counted.
In the video, I shall count the beats quite slowly, but as you get more familiar with counting these beats, you will find it easy to increase your speed.