## How Many Beats Are In A Eighth Note?

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I want to know the number of beats in an eighth note.

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1. How to read notes, time and dynamics

Sheet music indicates what to play (notes), when to play (time) and how to play (dynamics). In this chapter we will cover all three of these areas, building on the basics of music reading introduced in Chapter 5 . In that same chapter, you will also find an introduction to musical notation and what are the advantages of knowing how to read sheet music.

You must bear in mind that this chapter will largely overlap with the classes or courses you are taking and at no time should it replace the learning you are acquiring with a teacher, with video tutorials with an application. Instead, we hope that it will serve as an introduction and support to memorize notions while learning them correctly.

sharps and flats

Until now, and for simplicity, we have only talked about the white keys. Flats and sharps are found on the black keys , and they use the same notation as the white keys (from C to B ). Simply add the symbol of the alteration they represent. In this chapter, we will refer to the white keys, the ones that are neither flats nor sharps, as naturals .

A flat (♭) is the black key that precedes the natural white key of the same name.
A sharp (♯) is the black key that succeeds the natural white key of the same name.
A natural ( ♮ ) is the natural white key.

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Starting in C and playing only the white keys, you are limited to the key of C major. This is just one of the innumerable keys or keys that exist, one that does not use black keys. Playing in F major, for example, each B lowers to B ♭, while the key of D major raises F to F♯ and C to C♯ . Other keys use more black keys, and in B major, all five are used.

Alterations and naturals

Most of the music doesn’t stick entirely to the key signature, but includes additional flats or sharps. These are known as alterations . If an accidental is marked, it takes effect until the next bar line that marks the end of the measure (more on this in the section on beats). A B ♭ hit at the beginning of a measure will alter all subsequent sies of that measure to B ♭. The next bar will return to whatever is marked on the key signature at the beginning of the staff.

The tempo

To count correctly, you’ll need to know the speed at which the piece is supposed to be played, known as the tempo . Traditionally, tempo has been indicated using Italian terms such as slow , moderato (“moderate”), or allegro (“fast, energetic”). In modern pieces, it is often marked in beats per minute ( bpm ), referring to the number of quarter notes that fit in a minute, for example ♩= 120 bpm.

2. A quaver is known as an eighth note in North American music terminology. An eighth note lasts half a beat, so it has the rhythmic value of a quarter note.