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An Introduction to Performing Rhythms

Part 3: Clapping and Counting Half Notes

In our introduction to longer note values we learned the following relationship of half notes to quarter notes:

The half note is equal to the length of two quarter notes tied together.
The half note is equal to two quarter notes

Therefore, when the quarter note is equal to one beat, the half note is equal to two beats. When you are clapping rhythms with longer note values, hold your hands together for the duration of the note. When playing these rhythms on an instrument, make sure to sustain the note for its full value.

Rhythm Home
Part 1: Clapping and Counting Quarter Notes
Part 2: Quarter Rests
Part 3: Half Notes
Part 4: Dotted Half Notes and Whole Notes
Part 5: Half Rests
Part 6: Whole Rests

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