The rhythm of the quarter notes of the jazz drum
A quarter note is a note-time value. In the staff notation, the quarter note is a solid elliptical head plus a stem without a tail. The length of a quarter note is one quarter of a full note.
When the head is above the third line of the staff, the stem is facing down, otherwise the stem is facing upwards, and when the stem changes direction, the direction of the head is also changed accordingly (see figure). When the note head is on the third line, the stem can be facing up or down. The length of a quarter note is one quarter of a full note, which is a beat of a 4/4 beat. The length of a half note is twice that of a quarter, the length of an eighth note is one-half of it, the length of a sixteenth note is a quarter of it, and so on.
In a beat with a quarter note, a full note sings four beats, a half note sings two beats, a quarter note sings a beat, an eighth note sings a 1/2 beat, and a sixteenth note sings a 1/4 beat.
The quarter note is written as a solid note with a stem and no tail. If the head is above the third line of the staff, the stem is facing down, otherwise the stem is facing up.
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