next and last topic is "Dotted Notes."
Look at the red arrows above. Each is pointing
to the use of a "dotted note."
In the last measure on the right, there
is 1 quarter note rest followed by a "dotted"
half note. The composer chose to "dot"
the half note instead of "tying"
1 quarter note to 1 half note. It is easier
to read than using a tie. The same goes
for the middle measure. It is easier for
the player to count a "dotted"
half note than 1 quarter note tied to a
you see a "dotted" note
it means that this note is equal to itself
plus 1/2 of itself. Look at the examples
we've already talked about (dotted half
notes). A "dotted" half
note is equal to 1 half note plus 1/2 of
itself (1 quarter note). So, unlike a regular
half note equaling 2 quarter notes, a "dotted"
half note would equal 3 quarter notes.
look at the first measure on the left. The
arrow is pointing to a "dotted"
quarter note. If you divide a quarter note
by 2, what do you get?
1 eighth note.
a "dotted" quarter note
is equal to:
eighth note + 1 quarter note = 1 and 1/2