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How to Play Sixteenth Notes on Piano

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We're going to play piano pieces with a new rhythmic unit in the next lesson.

Sixteenth Notes
There are four Sixteenth Notes in a quarter.

When we first started reading piano notes we talked about the tone lengths of a whole note (Which lasts 4 counts),

the half note (lasts two counts),

the quarter note (lasts one count)

and the eighth note (There are two eighth notes in a quarter note).

Do you see where the wind blows? Rhythm is divided in multiples of two's.

So take en eighth note, divide it to two and you'll get two equal sixteenths.

In other words There are four sixteenths in a quarter note

Sixteenth notes singly, in pairs and in fours.

Sixteenth notes appear singly, in pairs (Completed to a quarter note by an eighth), or tied together in group of four's.

If an eighth note had one flag on its stem the sixteenths get two stems.

Counting Sixteenths

Here's a useful way to count sixteenths effectively.
Let's say we're at the beginning of a bar and we have a group of four sixteenths.
The first sixteenth will be named as "one".
You count one at the beginning of each quarter note as well right?

The third sixteenth would be "And"
When we play two eighth notes we say One-And, Two And, and so on...
The third sixteenth is equal to the beginning of the second eighth note.

The second sixteenth and the fourth will be "e"and "a" respectively.

All together we say One-e-And-a.

Earlier in this piano course, when we talked about the eighth notes I mentioned that we always count a music piece according to its shortest tone length.
That means that if a piece has sixteenths in it we'll count "One-e" or "And-a" when we see an eighth note and a whole note would be "One-e-And-a"

The Sixteenth Rest

Sixteenth note rest.

You'll se how sixteenth rests are combined with sixteenths in the rhythmic patterns below.

Patterns of Rhythm with Eighth Notes

Patterns of Rhythm with Eighth Notes

Patterns of Rhythm with Eighth Notes

Patterns of Rhythm with Eighth Notes

Patterns of Rhythm with Eighth Notes

Mussete by Bach is having sixteenth notes in different vatiations.

To conclude here's a famous musical piece with typical sixteenths.

Mussete by Bach is having sixteenth notes in different vatiations.

To sum up this issue, let's see a quick review of the different tone lenghths and musical rests which we covered until today.

You'll find some great musical pieces with sixteenth notes here below, but check out these great easy top hits books from Ebay before.
You are now ready to read lots of great music. It will take some time until you get handy in reading so I think that starting with these easy top hits books is a great idea.

Piece Name PDF File MP3 File
The-Bumblebee Download
Ten Little Indians Download
Can Can by Offenbach Download
Mussete by Bach Download

We're going to learn about different tempo marks which show us how fast or slow we have to play in the next piano lesson.

Return from Sixteenth notes to Piano Notes.

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