The New Method for Tenor Banjo

Tenor Banjo(plectrum), online tutorial by William C. Stahl

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Character and Value of the Notes, Rests, Etc.
As musical sounds may be long or short, their duration or value is indicated by a parĀ­ticular form of note.
The longest sound is designated by this character o, which is called a whole note, the duration or time of which is determined by counting four.
A sound continued but half as long, that is, while counting two, is expressed by a half
Table of the Notes and their Proportions.
One whole note Is equal to two half notes Or four quarter notes Or eight eighth notes
Or sixteen sixteenth notes
Or thirty-two thirty-second notes
The Division of Music
Music is divided into equal parts by bars. The music between two bars is called a measure.
In the various figures used to indicate time, the upper figure indicates the number, and the lower figure the kind of notes in each measure.
Examples of Various Degrees of Time.