# Can a tremolo have a value of over one quarter note per note?

I was wondering if tremolos can make a note separated into quarter notes. For example, a half note with a bar over it means to divide it into eighth notes, and a whole note with three bars over it means to divide it into thirty-second notes.

Is there any way to notate a note divided into quarter notes, as quarter notes don't have flags to denote as bars above a note? Moreover, does the same apply to half notes, etc.?

• Why would you want to do that? – PiedPiper Jan 4 at 20:23
• @PiedPiper It’s just some weird music theory I’m willing to try out, I’m currently composing a piece with the meter of 16/4 and it’s Presto so I’m asking to make a tremolo so I don’t have to spam the chords 32 times – Truncation Jan 5 at 9:51
• If you wrote it in 16/8 it would be much easier to read – PiedPiper Jan 5 at 23:26
• Just change to 4/4 and adjust your note lengths accordingly, i.e. 16/4 quarter notes become sixteenth notes. – Carl Witthoft Jan 6 at 16:06

According to this...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbreviation_(music)#Repetition_of_a_single_note_or_chord

...divisi dots can be placed over long notes to show quarter note repetition.

...you may want to confirm that with source other than Wikipedia.

Basically no. You'd need rather unusual meters for that to save a useful amount of space. Remember that tremolo notation is a shorthand and can always be written out explicitly.

PiedPiper and user65529 are right: why would you want to and basically no. But if you're familiar with sim. (simile) it might be useful. I can't really picture what you're doing though.

Tremolo repeats cannot be used for notes as long as crotchets (quarter notes).

However, you could use simile slashes/percent repeats. For example: