So what is a hemidemisemiquaver? I’ll give you one clue: It’s not a fancy quantum physics term for strings of energy vibrating in ten dimensional space… Do you give up? OK, I’ll just tell you then.
Well – the British employ an entirely different set of names to identify rhythmic values of notes.. and I must admit, their set of names sounds much fancier than the American standard.
Let me introduce you to the wonderful world of UK note names. UK rhythmic value names are rooted in an old form of musical notation called mensural notation. In American-English, rhythmic value names are based on fractions of a measure of 4/4 music.
|US Name||UK Name||# of Beats
in 4/4 Time
So next time your coworkers are gathered around the water cooler talking about semibreves and quavers, you will be able to chime in.