whole note


Definition of whole note

: a musical note equal in time value to four quarter notes or two half notes — see note illustration

Examples of whole note in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, the music that I was handed was always a keyboard lead sheet or keyboard part, mostly whole note and half-note chords, big beautiful ones, and some key figures here and there. Ron Hart, Billboard, 19 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of whole note

1834, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of whole note was in 1834

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“Whole note.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whole%20note. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of whole note

US : a musical note equal in time to two half notes or four quarter notes


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