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Dotted Notes and Rests

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Dotted Half Note

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A dot that is placed after a note or rest indicates a change in its duration. The dot adds half of the value of the note or rest to itself. For example, a dotted half note gets 3 beats. To illustrate, the value of a half note is 2, half of 2 is 1 so 2 + 1 = 3. The table below lists the type of dotted note/rest and its duration.

Dotted Notes and Rests

Dotted Notes and Rests
Dotted Note Dotted Rest Duration
whole notewhole rest6
half notehalf rest3
quarter notequarter rest1 1/2
eighth noteeighth rest3/4
sixteenth notesixteenth rest3/8

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