Note Durations

Just like splitting an atom…

  • Whole note = 4 counts
  • Half note = 2 counts
  • Quarter note = 1 count
  • Eight note = 1/2 count

We rarely have to think about whole or half notes. Our basic Vital Element, eight counts is made up of 8 eighth notes–each down and each up is half-beat.

When you play just down strum (or just ups), those are quarter notes, each gets one full beat.