5.Dotted Notes

Adding on the Duration 

Dotted notes have a dot directly to the right of the note head. When a dot is placed to the right of the note head, the duration of the note is increased by one half of the note’s value. 

The note above is called a dotted half note or dotted minim note. We know that the half is 2 beats in duration. By placing a dot to the right of the half note, the note’s duration is increased by one half. Half of 2 is equal to 1; therefore, the half note is 2 beats in duration, the dot is 1 beat in duration, and altogether they are 3 beats in duration.  

The note below is called dotted whole note. We know that the whole note is 4 beats in duration. By placing a dot to the right of the whole note, the note’s duration is increased by one half. Half of 4 is equal to 2; therefore, the whole note is 4 beats in duration, the dot is 2 beats in duration, and altogether they are 6 beats in duration. 

The note below is called dotted quarter note. The quarter note is 1 beat in duration. By placing a dot to the right of the quarter note, the note’s duration is increased by on half. Half of 1 is equal to ½; therefore, the quarter note is 1 beat in duration, the dot is ½ beat in duration, and altogether they are 1 and a ½ beat in duration.  

The note below is called dotted eighth note. The eighth note is ½ beat in duration. By placing a dot to the right of the eighth note, the note’s duration is increased by one half. Half of ½ is ¼; therefore, the eighth note is ½ beat in duration, the dot is ¼ beat in duration, and altogether they are ¾ of a beat in duration.

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