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pjmusic
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posted: 4/19/2006 at 10:53:40 AM ET
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Does anyone know how to count 32nd notes? What do you say? The song is in 3/4 time. I know 1,2,3 - 1& 2& 3& - 1&a,2&a,3&a, - 1e&a,2e&a,3e&a. What comes next? I haven't been able to find a teacher or book that goes past 16th notes. Please/thanks.

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posted: 4/19/2006 at 11:45:56 PM ET
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I don't think we really have an accepted system for counting 32nd notes. Or at least I don't know of any that works within the 1&2&3& system. The thing is that in most cases if you see 32nd notes the overall tempo of the piece is usually so slow that you can count them the same way you would with 16th notes only with the 8th note as the beat instead of a quarter note.

To make it a little more clear, imagine a piece in 4/4 time VERY slow, but with lots of 32nd notes. Now, counting at this slow of a speed would be tedious, so instead count it with the 8th notes getting the pulse at double the tempo. Now an 8th note is 1,2,3,4 16th notes become 1&2& and 32nd notes become 1e&a.

I honestly can't remember ever learning syllables for 32nd notes. There are special syllables for triplets and 16th note triplets, but none for 32nd notes that I know of. Could be wrong though.

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pjmusic
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posted: 4/20/2006 at 1:25:42 PM ET
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Thanks Criswell...I liked the articles on your other website too. Inspired me to not give up. Your school and students are lucky to have you too. Have a good one.

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posted: 4/27/2006 at 8:44:07 AM ET
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try 1e&a&a&a until the notes stop moving. they are all systematically tied together so you could count the amount of notes and be like "elevator" or "hippopotomos"
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pjmusic
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posted: 4/28/2006 at 12:21:12 PM ET
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Thanks anonymous that will work well for me.

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posted: 10/9/2006 at 8:51:54 PM ET
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yeah it couldn't work like 1e&e&e&a&a&a& or whatever because theres only 4 &'s in a beat. I guess you have to make up your own way, i don't think there's one real way to count them.

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posted: 10/28/2017 at 3:49:49 PM ET
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