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I have a rather odd situation that requires I play a song that contains notes of all the same duration(all quarter notes, half notes, whatever).

A song such as Jingle Bells is about as close as I have come to coming up with something.

Can you think of a song that would at least be recognizable given this constraint?

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closed as off-topic by Dom, JCPedroza, scrowler, Tim, Alexander Troup Jul 9 at 8:45

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Don't know how on topic this will be considered, but Twinkle twinkle little star should be recognizable. Not all notes have the same value, but the longer tones can be replaced by two of the shorter. –  Meaningful Username Jul 8 at 20:42
This is an interesting exercise to embrace the constraint of confining rhythm. I hazard to guess that such an exercise will build an appreciation and awareness of rhythms. It would be interesting to me to learn Dan Hogan's remarks when he concludes this exercise. –  filzilla Jul 8 at 21:23
To whoever close-voted this: this question is about finding examples, not about finding a particular song. Let's not close this question please, as it's quite useful. –  Lee White Jul 8 at 22:25
This question, though helpful, needs to be re-written in a way that can be helpful for other people, not just specific to the OP's needs. –  jjmusicnotes Jul 8 at 22:55
Are rests allowed in the piece? If so, must they also be of the same duration? –  14jbella Jul 9 at 1:25

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I use a book called the Guitarist's Way to teach pupils classical guitar; so every pupil gets to play this tune, which is just in crotchets, within the first few months of lessons. Here it is:

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It's only short, so might not be suitable for whatever you need it for. I'm not sure what the original piece by Thomas Tallis is that it comes from, but that might be largely in crotchets too…

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Solid choice Bob, solid. Just to clarify for everyone read this musical example, the way Bob has it notated, you need to take the pickup on the repeat. Alternatively, the last measure should be written as a 4/4 and a forward repeat placed after the pickup measure. –  jjmusicnotes Jul 8 at 22:57
Thanks @jjmusicnotes. I can reassure everyone this is a faithful reproduction of the "urtext" 2000 edition… (!!!) –  Bob Broadley Jul 8 at 23:12
On that note, I'm Surprised that no-one's brought up the bass part of Pachebel's canon: youtube.com/watch?v=stCKjZniMsQ –  Alexander Troup Jul 9 at 8:45

Some sections of "Canon in D" fit this criteria, as well as the triplets at the beginning of "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring."

I'm assuming you mean the notes should be played continuously with no rests, otherwise you could think of Jingle Bells as Note-Note-Note-Rest-Note-Note-Note-Rest, etc.

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Pretty much every "perpetuum mobile" piece ever written satisfies this criterion. In theory it might mix a continuous movement of one duration with some even smaller notes, but in practice this is rarely done. –  Kilian Foth Jul 9 at 12:42

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