Music Quiz: What Do You Know About Note Duration?

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Music Quiz: What Do You Know About Note Duration? - Quiz

Answer the following questions. There might be more than one correct answer.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is meant by "note duration?"

    • A.

      The length of time that a note is played.

    • B.

      The volume that a note is played.

    • C.

      What string on the guitar is used to play the note.

    • D.

      Whether a note is played alone or in a chord.

    • E.

      The number of times that a note is played.

    Correct Answer
    A. The length of time that a note is played.
    Explanation
    "Note duration" refers to the length of time that a note is played. It determines the duration or how long the note is held or sustained. This can be measured in beats or fractions of beats in music notation. Note duration is an essential aspect of rhythm and timing in music, as it helps to create the overall structure and flow of a musical piece.

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  • 2. 

    What note has the longest note duration?

    • A.

      Whole note

    • B.

      Half note

    • C.

      Quarter note

    • D.

      Eighth note

    • E.

      Super note

    Correct Answer
    A. Whole note
    Explanation
    The whole note has the longest note duration because it lasts for four beats in common time. It is represented by an open oval shape and is considered a basic unit of measurement for musical time.

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  • 3. 

    How many half notes equal the note duration of a whole note?

    • A.

      1

    • B.

      2

    • C.

      3

    • D.

      4

    • E.

      5

    Correct Answer
    B. 2
    Explanation
    A whole note is equal to four beats in common time. A half note is equal to two beats. Therefore, two half notes are needed to equal the note duration of a whole note.

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  • 4. 

    The quarter note is...

    • A.

      1/2 of a whole note.

    • B.

      1/3 of a whole note.

    • C.

      1/4 of a whole note.

    • D.

      1/6 of a whole note.

    • E.

      1/8 of a whole note.

    Correct Answer
    C. 1/4 of a whole note.
    Explanation
    A quarter note is a musical note that lasts for one quarter of the duration of a whole note. In musical notation, a whole note is represented by an open oval shape, and a quarter note is represented by a filled-in oval shape with a stem. Therefore, a quarter note is indeed 1/4 of a whole note.

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  • 5. 

    Choose the correct sentences.

    • A.

      Two-quarter notes equal the same duration as one whole note.

    • B.

      Two-quarter notes equal the same duration as one half note.

    • C.

      Four-quarter notes equal the same duration as one half note.

    • D.

      Four-quarter notes equal the same duration as one whole note.

    • E.

      Four-half notes equal the same duration as one whole note.

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Two-quarter notes equal the same duration as one half note.
    D. Four-quarter notes equal the same duration as one whole note.
    Explanation
    The first sentence is correct because two-quarter notes do indeed equal the same duration as one half note. The second sentence is also correct because four-quarter notes do equal the same duration as one whole note.

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  • 6. 

    How many flags does an eighth note have?

    • A.

      1

    • B.

      2

    • C.

      3

    • D.

      4

    • E.

      5

    Correct Answer
    A. 1
    Explanation
    An eighth note has one flag. The number of flags on a note indicates the duration of the note. An eighth note has a single flag attached to its stem, which represents half the duration of a quarter note. The flag helps to visually distinguish the eighth note from other note values.

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  • 7. 

    If you draw a flag on a note, what happens to the note?

    • A.

      The note duration is multiplied by 2.

    • B.

      The note duration is multiplied by 4.

    • C.

      The note duration is divided by 2.

    • D.

      The note duration is divided by 4.

    • E.

      The note duration stays the same.

    Correct Answer
    C. The note duration is divided by 2.
    Explanation
    When you draw a flag on a note, it indicates that the note duration is divided by 2. This means that the note will be played for half of its original duration. Drawing a flag on a note is a common way to indicate a shorter duration in music notation.

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  • 8. 

    How many flags does a sixteenth note have?

    • A.

      1

    • B.

      2

    • C.

      3

    • D.

      4

    • E.

      5

    Correct Answer
    B. 2
    Explanation
    A sixteenth note has two flags. In music notation, flags are added to the stem of a note to indicate its duration. A sixteenth note is a short note that lasts for 1/16th of a whole note. It has a single stem with two flags attached to it, which helps to visually differentiate it from other note durations.

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  • 9. 

    How many sixteenth notes equal the note duration of a quarter note?

    • A.

      1

    • B.

      2

    • C.

      3

    • D.

      4

    • E.

      5

    Correct Answer
    D. 4
    Explanation
    A quarter note is typically equal to four sixteenth notes. This means that the duration of one quarter note is divided into four equal parts, each represented by a sixteenth note. Therefore, the correct answer is 4.

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  • 10. 

    How many eighth notes equal the duration of a half note?

    • A.

      2

    • B.

      3

    • C.

      4

    • D.

      5

    • E.

      6

    Correct Answer
    C. 4
    Explanation
    An eighth note is half the duration of a quarter note, and a quarter note is half the duration of a half note. Therefore, to find the number of eighth notes equal to the duration of a half note, we need to divide the duration of a half note by the duration of an eighth note. Since 2 eighth notes make up a quarter note, and 2 quarter notes make up a half note, the answer is 4.

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