Basic music reading

BASIC READING PROGRAMME 1
Webmaster Peter McCarthy BEM
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Note & Rest Values
Music is writen on a staff which has five lines and four spaces, each line when a note is placed on is given the same name and spaces also are named see below.
As you can see this spells FACE, so the first space from the bottom is F second A third C and the fourth is E
On the lines from the bottom it is EGBDF
Semibreve is a whole note
Minim is a half note
Crotchet is a quarter note
Quaver is an 8th of a note
Semi Quaver is 16th of a note
.     Placing a dot after a note or rest increases its value by half
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2
4
Each bar must contain 2 crotchets (quarter notes) or their equivalent in notes or rests
2
Each bar must contain 3 crotchets (quarter notes) or their equivalent in notes or rests.
3
4
is used for quick marches with two paces in each bar
3
is used for slow marches with one pace in each bar and retreat marches in quick time with three paces in each bar.
4
4
Each bar must contain 4 crotchets (quarter notes) or their equivalent in notes or rests.
4
is used for slow marches with two paces in each bar and sometimes in quick marches with four paces in each bar.
Each bar must contain 6 quavers (eighth notes) or their equivalent in notes or rests.
6
is used for quick marches with two paces in each bar.