Reading Music Lesson #27: Half Notes

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Half notes have the white (not filled in) oval shaped notehead just like whole notes, but there is one difference.

half notes

As you can see, there is also a stem attached to the side of the notehead.

The value of each half note is 2 counts.

half notes

This means we need to count 2 beats in our heads every time we read this type of note while playing or singing.

So, every 2 steady beats you count equals a half note.

Let’s go on and talk about the quarter note.

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