eighth note


Definition of eighth note

: a musical note with the time value of ¹/₈ of a whole note — see note illustration

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My eighth notes provided urgency, a racing pulse under the whole thing rather than the original’s sleepy conga. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Todd Rundgren Recalls the Breakup Behind ‘Hello It’s Me’," 22 Nov. 2018 Kal Marks, a band from Boston, plays with lurching bass lines, plodding eighth notes and similarly stripped-down drum beats set against brittle guitars and vocals that sound strained and scraped. John Adamian, courant.com, "Kal Marks To Play MAC650," 19 May 2018 Its shape resembles that of an eighth note, and its sound has been likened to that of a theremin. Stephen J. Beard, Indianapolis Star, "How an Otamatone came to play 'Back Home Again'," 24 May 2018 The British band Basement believes in the power of a saturated guitar tone and steady, insistent eighth notes. John Adamian, courant.com, "Basement To Play Toad's Place," 12 May 2018 The combination of openness and complexity in this music spells a certain kind of possibility: Mr. Mitchell took a solo that was almost entirely eighth notes, with nearly no rests, and still seemed to create rhythmic suspense at every turn. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "March in Live Jazz: 5 Standout Shows," 30 Mar. 2018 But even a relatively simple symbol, like an eighth note, can be drawn in so many different ways that calculating the possible variations is computationally intensive and time-consuming. Janne Lindqvist, Smithsonian, "Could a Doodle Replace Your Password?," 4 May 2017

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1839, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of eighth note

music : a musical note that lasts to ¹/₈ of the length of a whole note

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