Definition and background:
The note value is the duration of a note, or the relationship of the duration of the note to the measure. The duration of a note is as follows in common time or 4/4 time: Note ValuesBritish TermAmerican TermNote having a duration of one full measure.Semibreve Whole note Note having a duration of one half of a full measure.Minim Half note Note having a duration of a quarter of a full measure.Crotchet Quarter note Note having a duration of one eighth of a full measure.Quaver Eighth note Note having a duration of one sixteenth of a full measure.Semiquaver Sixteenth note Note having a duration of one thirty-second of a full measure.Demisemiquaver Thirty-second note The half note ( minim) is half the duration of the whole note ( semibreve), the quarter ( crotchet) is half the duration of the half note ( minim), etc.
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