Simple E with Half Notes
In this simple e with half notes exercise, we are playing in , which means 2 beats in a measure, & the quarter note gets the beat (one beat). Two quarters make a half. In , the half note lasts 2 beats [fills the measure].
To Know → High E = Space 4 = 1 string open & Low E = -4 Space = 6 string open. From Middle E [the bottom line]: when we go up 4 spaces from the first line, we have the High E (1st string open). The High E can also be called the top space or 4S [4th space]. From Middle E: when we go down 4 spaces from the first line, we have another E note, the Low E (6th string open). We call this low e...-4 space [minus 4 space]. The Low E is the lowest tone on the guitar in standard tuning. The 3 E's are octaves to one another (they are even intervals [8's] = Space to Line & Line to Space). Low-Middle-High E = Space-Line-Space. Important! Another interesting way to view the Low E is that if we were to add a vertical line to its ledger lines, we would have a big E.
This simple E note exercise is easy and proves that you can read music.
In time, the quarter note gets one beat. A whole note lasts 4 beats. For the last measure, you only play [strike] the note on the one beat, & let it ring for 4 beats.