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When we were working on the subdivisions earlier, our fastest subdivision was the quarter notes. Now it's time to see what happens when we chop the bar into twice as many pieces.

As you know they're called quarter notes because there are four of them in a bar. Can you guess what the next subdivision is called? They're called eighth notes, and if you didn't guess that you can most certainly guess how many 8th notes we have in a bar. 8, of course.

We want to keep the quarter notes the same, because it's not that our tempo gets twice as fast. It's just that we chop it into twice as many pieces. In metaphorical terms, it's the same pizza, but now we've sliced it into 8 pieces instead of 4.

We'll verbalize the 8th notes, by adding an 'and' in between the numbers, like this: 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 4 and.

You can play all the 8th notes with downstrokes. In fact that is a strumming pattern you hear in many songs, so let's pause here and try this out on our D major chord for 8 bars. We could add some more chords to the example, but for right now I just want to to focus all your attention on the 8th notes.

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