Reading Music Lesson #44: Single Eighth Note

reading music lessonThe single eighth note looks like a quarter note with a flag added to the top of the stem.

single eighth note

When eighth notes are on their own and not beamed together, this is exactly what they look like.

Since it takes 2 eighth notes to equal 1 beat in 4/4, 3/4, or 2/4 time, one eighth note by itself is equal to 1/2 a beat.

single eighth note

If you divided a quarter note in half, you would have one single eighth note.

The eighth rests are very similar in function.  Let’s go ahead and talk about them next.

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