So far, we've learnt how to figure out where G is by using the curly part of the treble clef as reference.
Then we learnt the notes up to B
and the notes up from middle C.
If we add another note above B, we will get another C - this C sounds higher than middle C. In fact, it is an octave higher. "Octave" means "eight notes" (think of octagon, or octopus).
Sing the notes from middle C up an octave.
Now try to sing the octave leap.
So far we have written all the notes as plain ovals. This kind of note is called a whole note. A whole notes is one which we hold for a steady count of four.
You can count to four quickly or slowly, but you must count steadily. As long as you keep a steady beat, a note held for count of four will be a whole note.
A whole note is just a plain, open oval, with no stick attached. If we attach a stick to the oval, it becomes a half note. A half note is one which we hold for a count of two, or in other words, it is twice as fast as a whole note.
A half note G:
Listen to these half notes and whole notes, and try to sing along. (The woodblock sound is keeping a steady beat for you.)