Dividing Beats

Feel the Pulse



A note tree shows the following; 1 whole note = 2 half notes, 1 half note = 2 quarter notes, 1 quarter note = 2 eighth notes, 1 eighth note = 2 sixteenth notes. Eighth and sixteenth notes can stand alone, or they can be connected by a beam.You previously learned about whole notes, half notes, and quarter notes. A whole note is held for four beats. A half note is held for two beats. A quarter note is held for one beat.

You can combine these different notes into many interesting combinations.

Click on the play button to listen to the audio sample.

You should hear rhythm and note values that are recognizable. Can you name some of the different note values used in the song? Click on the Show Answer button to check your answer.

Show AnswerAnswer:
There are several notes used in this excerpt. Some of them are quarter notes, eighth notes, and sixteenth notes.