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Quarter note

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In music, a quarter note is played for one quarter of the duration of a whole note. Quarter notes are notated with a filled-in oval note head and a straight, flagless stem. The stem is usual pointed upwards if it is below the middle line, or downwards if it is on or above the middle line. However, this may be changed if there is more than one part to differentiate between the parts. The head of the note also reverses its orientation in relation to the stem. (See image.)

A quarter note with stem facing up, a quarter note with stem facing down, and a quarter rest.
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A quarter note with stem facing up, a quarter note with stem facing down, and a quarter rest.

A related symbol is the quarter rest (or crotchet rest.) It denotes a silence of the same duration as a quarter note. Some describe the quarter rest as a "z joined to a c." It also likes somewhat like the Japanese kana pronounced "so".

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