Hobbies Playing Music whole note Share PINTEREST Email Print Image © Brandy Kraemer Playing Music Playing Piano Tutorials Piano Chords Buying Advice Music Education Playing Guitar Home Recording By Brandy Kraemer Updated on 05/24/19 Definition: The musical term whole note, or semibreve, is worth four quarter-note beats and takes up an entire measure in 4/ 4 time. A whole note is written in notation as a slightly enlarged, stemless, hollow note-head. Two half notes equal one whole note. More Note Values:▪ whole note | semibreve▪ half note | minim▪ quarter note | crotchet▪ eighth note | quaver▪ sixteenth note | semiquaver▪ thirty-second note | demisemiquaver Also Known As: semibreve semibreve (It) ronde (Fr) ganze Note (Ger) Reading Piano Music• Note-Lengths in U.K. & U.S. English• Notes of the Piano Keys• Memorize the Grand Staff Notes• Reading Music RestsPiano Chords• Easy Bass Piano Chords• Chord Types & Symbols• Piano Chord Fingering• Diminished Chords & DissonanceReading Musical Symbols• How to Play Dotted Notes• Accidentals & Double-AccidentalsBeginner Piano Lessons• Comparing Major & Minor• Understanding the Key Signature• Types of Barlines• BPM & Tempo Commands• Left Hand Piano FingeringPiano CareHow to Safely Whiten Your Piano KeysLearn ivory-safe methods for brightening up your acoustic piano keys, and find out what you can do to prevent keyboard yellowing.When to Tune a PianoFind out when (and how frequently) you should schedule a professional piano tuning to keep your piano healthy and on-pitch.Ideal Piano Temp & Humidity LevelsMaintain sound quality and piano health by monitoring the temperature, humidity, and natural light in your piano room. Musical Quizzes!▪ Identify the Piano KeysBeginner Quiz: Label and identify the white and black piano keys. Musical Articulation:◦ staccato◦ tie◦ (rfz) rinforzando◦ arpeggiato◦ accentatoVolume Commands & Symbols:◦ (mf) mezzo forte◦ (sfz) sforzando◦ diminuendo◦ al niente◦ (fp) fortepianoCommon French Musical Terms:◦ à l’aise◦ doucement◦ en ralentissant◦ mi-doux◦ très viteGerman Musical Commands:◦ anschwellend◦ lebhaft◦ geschwind◦ fröhlich◦ schnellRelated Glossaries ■ Italian Music Commands ■ Essential Piano Music Glossary ■ German Musical Terms How to Start Playing Piano: • Octave Naming & Pitch Notation'Pitch class' refers to an octave from one C to the next. In pitch notation, the notes C4, D4, and B4 all belong to the same pitch class (in this example the fourth octave).• Finding Middle C on Different Keyboard SizesIt's normal to be confused about the location of middle C, especially on keyboards with fewer than the standard 88 keys. Use this illustrated guide to find middle C and remember its location.▪ (M.S.) mano sinistra: “left hand”; the passage should be played with the left hand.▪ : to play “majestically”; to perform with grand, dignified expression. Maestoso is often used in the title of a musical composition, as in the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 (Elvira Madigan), Allegro maestoso.▪ marcato: “marked; to make stand out.” Marcato refers to both a written/verbal command as well as a musical symbol affecting articulation. Indicates that a note or series of notes is to be played with accentuation. See accentato.Marcatissimo is to make notes heavily accented.▪ martellato: (usually seen as a command for string sections, but has been and can be used to command piano music) to give notes a heavy, hammer-like accent.▪ marziale: “march-like”; see alla marcia.▪ melancolico: “full of melancholy”; to play in a painful, solemn, and mournful manner.