# What do dots next to notes mean?

## What do dots next to notes mean?

A dot written after a note adds one-half of the note’s value to the original note’s value. A quarter note equals one beat. A dot after the quarter note adds ½ beat (½ of the original value). A dotted quarter note equals 1½ beats.

## What does 3 dots above a note mean?

The single slash means to divide the quarter note into eighth notes; the ‘3’ means to make them eighth-triplets; the three staccato dots means to play them staccato. NoamL.

What does above a note mean?

Simply called an accent. Indicates that note gets played louder (accentuated) than the surrounding notes. How much louder is open to interpretation.

What is the value of dotted whole rest?

For example, a whole note has a dot beside it (and is called a “dotted whole note”.) Half the value of a whole note is two beats (for a whole note equals four beats) so 4 + 2 = 6….Dotted Note/Rest Values.

Dotted Eighth Dotted Quarter Dotted Half
3/4ths of a beats 1 1/2 beats 3 Beats

### How does a dot affect a note or a rest?

The dot adds half of the value of the note to itself. For example, a dotted half note gets 3 beats – value of a half note is 2, half of 2 is 1 so 2 + 1 = 3.

### How many beats does a dot add to a note?

The dot is half the value of the note, which is half of a beat. Add one beat and half of a beat and you get a dotted quarter note that equals one and a half beats! A common rhythm pattern you will see in music is the dotted quarter note followed by a single eighth note.

What is dotted whole note?

A dotted whole note equals 6 beats,but it all depends what time signature you playing a dotted whole note in. In a 6/4 time signature a dotted whole note would equal 6 beats. But in a time signature with the denominator of 8 the value of a dotted note changes.

What is the value of dotted whole note and rest?

Like notes, rests can also be dotted, increasing their value in the same way. A dotted quarter rest lasts for 1 1/2 beats, a dotted half rest lasts for three beats, and a dotted whole rest lasts for 6 beats.