Dots and Ties

Dotted Notes

Dotted notes are notes with a small dot on the right side. When a dot is added on the right side of a note (or rest), its original duration is increased by half.

Dotted Half Note

Dotted half note

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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).

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

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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

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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).

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

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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.

Dotted Eighth Note

Dotted Eighth Note

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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).

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

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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

Tied notes are two notes of the same pitch joined together with a tie. A tie is a curved line that links the two notes together. The two tied notes are played together as one single note with a longer duration. 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 dotted half note is equal to the sum of the two tied notes (a half note + a quarter note).

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