Reading Musical Notes (rhythm)

This page gives you an outline of Reading Musical notes in Rhythm.

There are different conventions for the naming of notes – The European convention uses names like “crotchet, quaver and semibreve”, and the american system uses “quarter note, eighth note and whole note” etc. In the chart below you will see both names, and common phonetic names.

There are a great many phonetic systems in place around the world, and there are many variations beyond the scope of this resource. At Fun Music company we do not advocate a particular system – it is up to the teacher to determine the terminology they wish to use.

Basic Rhythm Types and Names