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posted: 5/17/2005 at 6:48:34 AM ET
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what does a dot above or beneath a note mean

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posted: 5/17/2005 at 9:33:37 AM ET
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Basically means to play the note about half of its normal value. If you were to play a series of these in a row, they would sound detached from each other.

This notation is the opposite of Portamento, which means to play the note for its full duration. The symbol for Portamento is a line (as opposed to a dot) above or below the note.

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