Reading Music Lesson #28: Quarter Notes

This reading music lesson is a supplement to the Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory self-study workbook. While no book is perfect for learning how to read music, this is one of the best available. The concise explanations, brief practice exercises, ear-training CD’s, glossary of music terms, and answer key make it an excellent value. Buy this top-rated self-study course for beginners to advanced musicians and follow along with me.
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Quarter notes have a stem just like half notes, but the notehead is completely filled in (black).

quarter notes

The value of a quarter note is 1 beat.

quarter note

That means every 1 beat you count going by represents a quarter note.

Now that we’ve got some basic note values learned, it’s time to move on to rests.  Up next is the whole rest.

Rhythm Practice Flashcards

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Fun Rhythm Games

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8 thoughts on “Reading Music Lesson #28: Quarter Notes”

  1. Jenanne Delahunty

    I have a lot of trouble sight reading anything that is not basic beginner. I have missed lessons 1 – 28. Where can I find them to catch up and fill holes I have in my theory.

    Thanks, Jenanne

  2. Hi Jenanne – Watch for a future post with an updated list of lessons in this series. Also, be one of the first to keep up on a lesson series like this by subscribing to email updates.

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