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What's this about "dotted" notes?

 

 

If you've been paying attention J you know now that the notes in a measure have to add up to what the time signature says. So, in this example, the DOT adds the value of a sixteenth note to the eighth note it comes after.

The rule is: a dot after a note increases its value by one note of the next smallest kind. In other words, an eighth note is equal to two sixteenth notes, but a "dotted" eighth note is equal to THREE sixteenth notes. (A dotted quarter note is equal to three eighth notes, etc.)