EZ Piano Method

EZ Piano Lesson 40

Sixteenth Notes

Sixteenth Notes

So far, we have covered, Whole notes (4 counts long) Half notes (2 counts) Quarter notes (1 count), and Eighth notes (1/2 a count)

In this lesson, we shall look at Sixteenth Notes, which last for 1/4 of a count, or beat)

Here is what a Sixteenth note looks like:

In this lesson, we shall look at Sixteenth Notes, which last for 1/4 of a count, or beat)

Here is what a Sixteenth note looks like:

When sixteenth notes are joined together in groups of two, or four, they look like this:

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.

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.

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