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posted: 2/22/2004 at 3:34:46 AM ET
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Ok so I have the musical knowlegde of grade school gym teacher, at best. But I am trying to figure out what that dot next to each note means for a test I am taking. I really don't know how to better describe it

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posted: 2/22/2004 at 3:47:48 PM ET
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if the dot is beside the note (not above) then that means you add half the original note value to the note. For instance, a dotted half note. A half note is 2 beats, so when there is a dot, and you add half that, you add one beat. That makes a dotted half note 3 beats long. A dotted quater would be a beat and a half. A dotted whole note would be 6 beats long, etc.

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