Rhythm is a crucial element in all music. The aspect of rhythm that we’re going to deal with today is note duration.
Every note of music that you hear has a rhythm value. Each note is held out for a specific length of time. This unit of time isn’t measured in minutes and seconds, but in beats. The number of beats (or the division of a single beat) that a note is held out for gives us our rhythm value.
You should hear the metronome clicking away. Each one of those clicks is a beat. A whole note will occupy 4 of those clicks.
Let’s play a simple whole note melody using only the white keys. Touch the record button (the red circle located at the top of the screen). After the four click Count-In, choose a white key and hold it down for four clicks. Then move on to a different white key and hold that for four beats. Continue this process until you reach the end of the 8 measure grid located above the keyboard.
Now, press the play button to hear your glorious 8 measure, whole note melody!