Should I use British or American note value terminology?

Asked by: Walter Wellman

The American vernacular is only used in the US and Canada. In all the other English-speaking nations the British terms are used. In Europe, if the English terms are used then the British terms are used. In all of the British Commonwealth, except Canada, the British terms are also used.

What do British people call quarter notes?


You might recognize the British term for a quarter note, “crotchet!” It’s from a French word crochet meaning “little hook,” inspired by its shape.

What is the link between the American name and the note values?

In summary, the American name of each note symbol is the duration relative to the whole note. A half note is half a whole note, which means we need two half notes to complete the duration of a whole note.

What are British note values?


American name British name Relative value
double whole note, double note breve 2
whole note semibreve 1
half note minim 1/2
quarter note crotchet 1/4

What do the British call a note?

My friends’ mothers coached them: Keep your hand on your ha’penny–that is, don’t let anyone in your knickers (US: panties). On the other hand, the British have names for two notes/bills, the self-explanatory fiver and tenner.

What are 2 quavers called?

A quaver is a musical note that lasting for half a beat. That means that two quavers last as long and one crotchet. In the North American terminology a quaver is called an ‘eighth note‘.

What do British people call half notes?

In music, a half note (American) or minim (British) is a note played for half the duration of a whole note (or semibreve) and twice the duration of a quarter note (or crotchet).

What do they call eighth notes in England?


An eighth note (American) or a quaver (British) is a musical note played for one eighth the duration of a whole note (semibreve).

What does a note with a tail mean?

This note is a quaver or ‘eighth note. ‘ It’s like a crotchet but, it also has a tail coming out of the side of its stem. The note tail is also referred to as a flag or a hook. The tail halves the value of the note again and so a quaver has a value of half a beat, half as long as a crotchet.

Which note has the highest value?

The whole note has the longest note duration in modern music. The semibreve has the longest note duration in modern music. The half note has half the duration of a whole note.

Do British people call money notes?

Whether you’re talking about notes or coins, the shorthand British money terms remain the same. The letter “p” is shorthand (in both writing and speech) for pence or pennies.

What does 5 quid mean?

countable noun. A quid is a pound in money. [British, informal] It cost him five hundred quid.

How do British say dollars?

The usual British word for paper money is note. However, we often call a five pound note a fiver and a ten pound note a tenner.

What is 10 pound in slang?

Cockney Money Slang
The first things you gotta learn are that five pounds is a fiver, and ten pounds is a tenner.

How do British say cents?

The singular of pence is “penny”. The symbol for the penny is “p”; hence an amount such as 50p is often pronounced “fifty pee” rather than “fifty pence”. We have both coins and banknotes.

Why is a pound called a quid?

Quid is a slang expression for the British pound sterling, or the British pound (GBP), which is the currency of the United Kingdom (U.K.). A quid equals 100 pence, and is believed to come from the Latin phrase “quid pro quo,” which translates into “something for something.”

What is 1 pence in US dollars?

Pence Sterling to US dollars conversion table

amount convert Result
1 000 GBX GBX 12.06 USD
1 500 GBX GBX 18.09 USD
2 000 GBX GBX 24.12 USD
2 500 GBX GBX 30.15 USD