Rhythm notation

Rhythm notation shows the duration of a note. Watch the video to hear the difference in note length and see the durations of different types of note.

  • A semibreve lasts for four crotchet beats.
  • A minim lasts for two crotchet beats.
  • A quaver lasts for half a crotchet beat - so there are two to the time of a crotchet.
  • A semiquaver lasts for a quarter of a crotchet beat - so there are four to the time of a crotchet.

Rhythm and the durations of different notes, from semibreves to semiquavers