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Dotted Notes

Dotted notes are notes with a small dot. A dot increases its duration by half its original value.

Dotted Half Note

Dotted half note

Dotted half note

A dotted half note is equal to the sum of a half note plus a quarter note (a quarter note is half the duration of a half note).

A dotted half note is equal to the sum of a half note plus a quarter note

A dotted half note is also equal to three quarter notes.

A dotted half note is also equal to three quarter notes

In a common time signature, a half note gets two beats and a quarter note gets one beat. A dotted half note is equal to three beats.

 

Dotted Quarter Note

Dotted Quarter Note

Dotted Quarter Note

A dotted quarter note is equal to the sum of a quarter note plus an eighth note (an eighth note is half the duration of a quarter note).

A dotted quarter note is equal to the sum of a quarter note plus an eighth note

A dotted quarter note is also equal to three eighth notes.

A dotted quarter note is also equal to three eighth notes

In a common time signature, a quarter note gets one beat. An eighth note is half of a quarter note and gets a half beat. A dotted quarter note is equal to one and a half beats.

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Dotted Eighth Note

Dotted Eighth Note

Dotted Eighth Note

A dotted eighth note is equal to the sum of an eighth note plus a sixteenth note (a sixteenth note is half the duration of an eighth note).

A dotted eighth note is equal to the sum of an eighth note plus a sixteenth note

A dotted eighth note is also equal to three sixteenth notes.

A dotted eighth note is also equal to three sixteenth notes

In a common time signature, an eighth note gets a half beat and a sixteenth note gets a quarter of a beat. A dotted half note is equal to three quarters of a beat.

Tied Notes

A tie is a curved line connecting two notes of the same pitch together to create a sustained note across bar line. Tied notes are to be played as a single note with a duration equal to the sum of the the two notes tied together. For example, a half note and a quarter note of the same pitch tied together has the same duration as a dotted half note.

 a half note and a quarter note of the same pitch tied together has the same duration as a dotted half note

 

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