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Eighth and Sixteenth Notes (quaver and semiquaver)

There are many possible combinations of eighth notes (quaver) and sixteenth notes (semiquaver) we can use. To make reading easier, it is necessary to learn to identify and comprehend these formulas of combinations. The following table shows some of the most common combinations. The 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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