what are 16th notes?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by happyhourman, Mar 25, 2005.

  1. basically what are 16th notes,
    oh and also if i make a riff up on bass how do know what keys its in so the guitarist can play something in that?
    thanks very much
  2. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Why have you posted this in the LUTHIERS thread? They aren't going to make you a 16th note.
  3. Scott French

    Scott French Dude Supporting Member

    May 12, 2004
    Grass Valley, CA
    Don't ask that questions around here unless you want to start a civil war!

    Here's a 16th note!
  4. Bass Kahuna

    Bass Kahuna

    Dec 3, 2002
    West Lafayette, Indiana
    Luthier, Custom Builder
    A Luthier is someone who builds stringed instruments (guitars, basses, lutes, violins, harps, etc...).

    So this forum is dedicated to discussions involving lutherie as it applies to basses.

    However, a 16th note is a note that gets 1/4 of a beat, or you play 4 notes for every beat. In 4/4 time, there are 4 beats per measure and a quarter note gets one beat or 4 quarter notes per measure; an eight note gets 1/2 of a beat, so there are 8 notes per measure, and a sixteenth note there are 4 sixteenth notes per beat, or 16 notes per measure, hence the term "sixteenth" note.

    How to determine what key you're playing in dicates a knowledge of scales, modes, etc.

    If you really want to be able to understand all of this and be able to use it readily in any musical situation, I strongly suggest you start taking lessons.
  5. teej


    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    "What the hell is a luthier"

    Such language..... but on another note, didn't chaos recently arise from that question?? ::ducks for cover::
  6. LajoieT

    LajoieT I won't let your shadow be my shade...

    Oct 7, 2003
    Western Massachusetts
    They are the ones made out of Wenge and Maple.
  7. I have met the Luthier and he is not me!
  8. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    this thread is quite funny

    ok your profile says you like jaco and JPJ

    jaco's "come on come over" tune is starts with 16th's

    JPJ on "the imigrant song" is 16th's"

    /slithery voice "smeagal allways helps"
  9. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    Assuming you are in 4/4 time...

    Whole notes: last 4 beats (one of these in a measure)

    Half notes: last 2 beats (2 of these in a measure)

    Quarter notes: last 1 beat (4 of these in a measure)

    8th notes: half the length of a quarter note (8 of these in a measure)

    16th notes: half the length of an 8th note. (16 of these in a measure)
  10. This question is off topic here. Try the General Instruction forum.

    Knowing what a sixteenth note is won't get you very far. Learn the fundamentals of music (eg. notation, scales, rhythm). If you get a good teacher (ie. knowledgable and not greedy), it won't take that long...

    Maybe search the above named forum and you may even find enough to get you going on your own.