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What Does Duration Mean In Music?

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Duration in music means the amount of time of any particular interval such as a note or rest. It is a fundamental aspect of  the rhythm and the melody of a song and is measured in beats.

In written music, different note symbols are used to denote how long each note should be held down or how long each rest should be. There are five types of notes and rest, each donating the duration measured in beats.

Semibreve (Whole Note)
- Equivalent to 4 crotchets.

- In a 4/4 time signature this symbol means that the note or rest should last 4 beats or one whole bar.

Minim (Half Note)
- Equivalent to 2 crotchets.

- In a 4/4 time signature this denotes that the rest or note should last two beats or half a bar.

Crotchet (Quarter Note)
- Equals 1 crotchet

- In 4/4 this instructs the musician to play one note per one beat of the bar. It is a quarter of the bar. 

Quaver (Eight Note)
- Equals 1/2 a crotchet

- In 4/4 it means the note or rest should last an eighth of a bar.

Semi-Quaver (16th Note)
- Equals 1/4 of a crotchet

- In 4/4, as the name suggests the note or rest should last a 16th of the bar.
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Duration means the lenght of each sound. Some sounds or notes are long and some are short.
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Duration is the length of time a sound is held..",)sami..
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Karl Sagan answered

It refers to the amount of time of any particular interval, the length of each sound. I can tell you that there are many youtube videos where you can clearly see everything, and I even have a few of them downloaded with  Mp3Juice because it's actually convenient to listen to the educational videos when you don't have time watching the video, so it's basically like a podcast. So you can try looking for them on youtube and downloading them as well.

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Mark answered
It depends on the context. In general it means length. You should be more specific.

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