Reading Music

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Introduction

Beats and Measures

Time Signature

Note Value

Dotted Notes and the Tie

Rests

Values Shorter Than a Beat

Eighth and Sixteenth Notes

Eighth-Note and Sixteenth-Note Rests

Triplets

Beat Unit

Simple and Compound Meters

Reading Musical Notes

An Example

Accidentals

Key Signatures

Keyboard Notes

Other Tutorials:

Intervals

Scales

Chords

Harmonic Functions

Musical Forms

Related Exercises:

Rhythmic Dictation

Clef Reading

Time Signature

Key Signature Construction

Key Signature Identification

Eighth-Note (quaver) and Sixteenth-Note (semiquaver) Rests

There are also symbols to represent silence with the value of eighth notes (quaver) and sixteenth notes (semiquaver):

Note Rest
Eighth
(quaver)
eighth
Sixteenth
(semiquaver)
16th

Following we can see a few examples using rests. sixteenth notes (semiquaver) below the written notes indicate the subdivision in four equal parts of the beat:

Develop your music reading skills using the Rhythmic Dictation exercise.

Translated by Dan Román, English version revised by Sue Talley

© 2011 J. Rodríguez Alvira

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