Note value

In music notation, a note value indicates the relative duration of a note, using the texture or shape of the notehead, the presence or absence of a stem, and the presence or absence of flags/beams/hooks/tails. Unmodified note values are fractional powers of two, for example one, one-half, one fourth, etc.

A rest indicates a silence of an equivalent duration.

List

Note Rest American name British name Relative value Dotted value Double dotted value Triple dotted value
large, duplex longa, or maxima[1][2]
(occasionally octuple note,[3] octuple whole note,[4] or octuple entire musical note)[5]
88 + 4
= 12
8 + 4 + 2
= 14
8 + 4 + 2 + 1
= 15
long[2][6][7] or longa[8]
(occasionally quadruple note[9] or quadruple whole note)[4]
44 + 2
= 6
4 + 2 + 1
= 7
4 + 2 + 1 + 1/2
= 7+1/2
double whole note,[10] double note[11][12][13]breve22 + 1
= 3
2 + 1 + 1/2
= 3+1/2
2 + 1 + 1/2 + 1/4
= 3+3/4
whole notesemibreve11 + 1