When finding out an instrument the dotted note is something many kind of students have a trouble via. I am always answering inquiries such as

How many type of beats does a dotted crotchet have?What does a dot after a note mean?How execute I count a dotted quaver?

I believe it is essential to know the concept behind how a dot adhering to a note transforms it. The dominion is exceptionally straightforward

A dot after a note increases its duration (length)by fifty percent its original value

Examples of just how dotted notes work


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Test Yourself

Test yourself by calculating the values of the dotted totality note (dotted semibreve) and also dotted eighth note (dotted quaver) presented listed below. When you think you have actually worked out how many type of beats each note is worth click the note to discover out if you are correct!


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Calculate the value of the dotted totality note and click to find if you are correct

But how perform I play it?

However before, understanding exactly how dotted notes work-related doesn"t necessarily help you once you have to play them! When I was young I interpreted that a dotted quarter note (or dotted crotchet as I learned) was worth 1½ beats and usually followed by an eighth note (quaver) yet that didn"t actually aid me once I was sitting at the piano trying to "count" 1½ beats for the dotted quarter note and ½ beat for the eighth note! In the finish I determined that the simplest way to technique this was to simply count the beats in the bar (1 2 3 4) and aim to fit the eighth note in the middle of the beats without trying to count 1½. I counted and on the eighth note to help me, but I didn"t provided to count and on the various other beats as I discovered it also confutilizing. However, I have actually presented it both methods below as I know some of my students discover this method of counting simpler.

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So my playing/counting went favor this...


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As I mentioned previously, some civilization prefer to count all the beats (1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &) throughout the entirety piece. I always discovered this method harder, yet you need to attempt both and also watch which you prefer.

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Double dots

Some music also has more than one dot adhering to a note. Click right here for information on exactly how to read and also play notes via double dots

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