sixteenth note


Definition of sixteenth note

: a musical note with the time value of ¹/₁₆ of a whole note — see note illustration

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Recent Examples on the Web Banjo player Dave Johnston and mandolinist Jacob Jolliff keep the tempos and the rhythmic pulse churning with fast sixteenth notes surging underneath many of the songs. John Adamian,, "Yonder Mountain String Band a virtuosic bluegrass band at Infinity," 11 Oct. 2019 After minutes of nonstop sixteenth notes, a sonic fatigue can set in, no matter how loud and fast the music. Christian Hertzog,, "Steven Schick amazes in Roberto Sierra's exuberant percussion concerto," 14 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of sixteenth note

circa 1861, in the meaning defined above

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“Sixteenth note.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sixteenth note

US : a musical note equal in time to ¹/₁₆ of a whole note

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