There is a reason for the “vivid-visual-display,” on the previous page. My intention is to gain your attention. I calculate that you might be a bit curious and are wondering what is yet to come. Well, please read on.
Certainly, you always will remember —
Earlier, I promised that the names quarter-note and half-note would make a whole lot of sense. Here is the reason why.
Allow me now to officially introduce the most “whole-sum” member of the rhythm notation family. Please welcome the fulfilling and complete-valued,
The Whole-Note has no stem, and is simply a hollow note-head.
Once you understand why a Whole-note is called a Whole-note, you also will almost immediately understand why the stemmed-notes above are appropriately named, quarter-notes and half-notes.
For all of the above notes to make perfect sense, it is time to discover what Common-Time is all about.