24. Dotted Notes

Read and Play Music Rhythms Part 4 – Dotted Notes
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Hey guys, today we're going to look at dotted notes. Right? So, the easiest way to look at this, I guess, maybe we should draw our measure here. And let's divided into four quarters. There's going to be our downbeat. Two, three and four.

So so far, we've had notes like a half note. And our half note is going to receive two beats one and two. So 1234 Yeah, we've had quarter notes. So here, but we haven't looked any notes that receive three of these boxes, obviously, we've looked at the whole note which gets four. But there is a way to represent three of these quarters. So how we can represent this is by creating a half note, which is going to receive two boxes here, one, two, but by adding a dots or dotted notes by putting a little dot here, this is going to add value to this note.

Now, depending on the note is how much is gonna add. Let me explain. Alright, so let's, let's look at this half note, and divided into two. So here's a half note. So if we cut it into we'll have two quarter notes. So basically When we add a dot, exactly the same as adding an extra quarter, so we have a whole note, which is going to be two quarter notes.

So now we have our whole note here, but we want to add an extra quarter. This past note is going to receive two boxes. But I want a quarter note here. And I want all of this to be together not. So by adding this dot, it's exactly the same as what we're representing here. So now we have a half note, plus a quarter note, a quarter note is going to be half of a half note.

So just always remember that the.is going to equal to half The value of the note. So we have here a half note, when we put a dot half of a half is going to be a quarter. Hope you're good with your math. So this is technically going to equal three quarters. Okay, so now we have like an empty box here. And you could put a quarter rest, you could put a quarter note, you could put two eighth notes as long as we feel all of the space.

So here we go. So let's see what this sounds like. And then we'll look at a few of the common dotted cliches that you're going to encounter. Right so 1234 made this a quarter, three, four, the dotted half notes Very easy to work with, you know, because it's just creating a an extra quarter, which is usually going to be like three quarters of the bar when you start dotting, like quarter notes. eighth notes, we haven't even talked about 16th yet, that's when things start getting a little tricky. So let's see if you can figure this one out on your own.

So here we've got our quarter note, and we've got a dot. What's half of a quarter would be an eighth, right? So technically here, but a quarter, plus an eighth. Now we know that an eighth note is going to be half of one of these boxes. So we could cut each one of these boxes in half, and we would have eight boxes. That's why we say eighth notes.

So this quarter note is going to take up One box for sure. But then we've got a dot here. And we know that half of a quarter is going to be an eight. So if we took this quarter box here and kind of chopped it in half, we would know that this.is going to take up this space here. So technically, you've got three eighth notes timewise, or a quarter and a half, or three eighth notes all in one. So here we have a quarter note with our ace, da.

So this is going to take up this box, plus half of this box. So very common cliches that you can see something like this. So there's an eighth rest. So I've got a quarter note which takes this up. This dot represents this space here. And then now we have completed and created one by putting rst here.

So this would be like a very common dotted, to be cliche that you can see. We could even put an eighth note here. So this would sound like 1234. Very common. All right. Let me write a few of the common cliches just to show you and then as always, we're going to have our fun dictation.

Alright, so let's see what this sounds like. So 1234 right. We could add a quarter here and we could drop this guy. So normally the half would take up these two boxes, and then we know half of a half is a quarter. This is gonna be technically this box here, but then they're all linked together. So 1234 Mmm hmm.

And obviously we could, you know, have a rest here with this. So 1234 Rep. All the cliches containing dotted half notes are going to be pretty easy to get. Also remember, we can dot notes we can dot a half note receives three boxes, but we can also got a half note read You can rest, no problem. Got your little hat here. So we know that this is gonna be a rest or silence for two boxes. But we want rest or silence for three boxes so then we just add our quarter to it by putting our.so now this is gonna be three boxes of silence and we can add two eighth notes over here.

Okay, so this would sound like this. Full Stata we can even dot a quarter note rest. So we got our quarter note rest here is going to take up one box, but we want it to take up more than one box. We wanted to take up this box in half of this. So by putting our dot here, that's the equivalent of an eighth note little spot here, box. So we've got a quarter plus an eighth quarter, plus an eight.

And then we could maybe add eighth note here and then possibly start getting crazy. Our quarter note we know that that's going to answer into the next space. We could add an eighth note rest here. You can see that once you start dotting notes and all the rest, it really it starts expanding and you start having a lot more options and you can't get away without learning or using dotted notes, this is just common common stuff when it comes to reading and writing music. So here we would have 1234. Let's look at a dotted cliche now, but where we begin the cliche with an eighth note, not with a dotted note.

Here's our eighth note. We know that our eighth note, taking up half of this quarter box, maybe I put a quarter note here, and I want this quarter note to take up this whole space here. So this is a quarter plus an eighth. Well, here's my quarter. There's my eighth. So here you've got your eighth note.

A quarter note and then an eight here. So this is taking up three eighths. This does taking up one eight, which gives you a half. Okay, so this sounds something like this 12345 that so that we could also start this with an eighth note. rest, rest, so 1234 Let's start with a quarter note rest. Let's dot it.

So we know that this is going to be this quarter box plus half of this quarter box. So this dotted red is going to receive this quarter in this eighth Maybe let's add a, an eighth note here for fun. And then maybe a dotted quarter note. dotted quarter note, the quarter notes can receive the quarter box plus this eight. Get this box here. Let's try this rhythm, see if you can do it.

So 12341 more time to stop. So we've got our quarter note rest, which is taking up this box. We've got this dot which is representing this eighth note based brings them together. So this is now three eighths of rest. And to complete the second box, we've got an eighth note. This is now complete.

Here we've got a quarter note which takes up this box. We've got an eighth note technically, so a dot here a dotted quarter is going to be worth, same is this same thing, so three Ace, and then we complete it with an eighth note so 1234 da da da.

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