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In music notation, a sixteenth note represents one-fourth of a beat and is represented by a filled circle with a stem and two flags or beams. It is so named because it lasts for the duration of one sixteenth of a whole note. Also called a semiquaver.

A series of sixteenth notes on the staff looks something like this:


    /\                                                     
---| /-----------------------------------------------------
   |/                              |\                      
---/-----------------|\-------*----|\|\--------------------
  /|            *    |\     *|     | |\|\                  
-/-|/\---------|-----|/----|-|-----|-|-|\|-----------------
|  |  |       /|     |     | |    *  | | |                 
|--|--|-------\|----*------|/|------*--|-|-----------------
 \ |  |       \|           |/         *  |                 
--\|_/----------------------------------*------------------
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