Definitions for half note

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. half note, minim(noun)

    a musical note having the time value of half a whole note

Wiktionary

  1. half note(Noun)

    A musical note length also called a minim, half the length of a semibreve, equal in length to two crotchets. It is drawn on staves as an unfilled loop with a stem.

Freebase

  1. Half note

    In music, a half note or minim is a note played for half the duration of a whole note and twice the duration of a quarter note. In time signatures with a denominator of 4, such as 4/4 or 3/4 time, the half note is two beats long. Half notes are notated with a hollow oval note head and a straight note stem with no flags. The half rest denotes a silence for the same duration. Half rests are drawn as filled-in rectangles sitting on top of the middle line of the musical staff. As with all notes with stems, half notes are drawn with stems to the right of the note head, facing up, when they are below the middle line of the staff. When they are on or above the middle line, they are drawn with stems on the left of the note head, facing down. Its rhythm syllables are ta-ah. The note derives from the minima in mensural notation, which is Latin for 'least or smallest,' because at one stage it was the shortest of all note values used. The word minim comes from this name. The American term half note is a 19th-century loan translation of German halbe Note. The names of this note in other languages vary greatly:

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