Definition of half note in English:

Share this entry

half note

Pronunciation: /ˈhaf ˈˌnōt/


Music , chiefly North American
A note having the time value of two quarter notes or half of a whole note, represented by a ring with a stem.
Example sentences
  • Rhythmic values are quarter, eighth and half notes, and only the major finger pattern is used in the first chorale.
  • The aptly titled Creepy Crotchets is written almost entirely in quarter-note values, with occasional half notes, and is based on the familiar creepy minor arpeggiated chord theme.
  • Contrapunctus I, which exposes the subject in its original form (do-sol-me-do-ti-do-re-me-fa-me-re-do), was played in a slow tempo, with an almost dry separation of the initial four half notes each time the subject or answer appeared.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: half note

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.