Dotted Notes and Rests

  • A Dot placed after a Note increases its duration by one-half (1/2).  (Dotted Note)
  • for Example: A Dotted Whole Note is 4 Quarter Notes + 2 Quarter Notes = 6 Quarter Notes or 3 Half Notes in duration.
  • A Quarter Note is two 8th Notes, a Dotted Quarter Note is three 8th Notes in Duration since 1/8 is half the value of 1/4.  
  • Note + 1/2 Notes Value = Dotted Note.
  • A Dot placed after a Rest increases its duration by one-half (1/2).  (Dotted Rest)
  • For example: A Dot placed after a Half Note (2 Quarter Notes) or Half Rest adds 1 Quarter Note in Duration to it, for a total of 3 Quarter Notes in time duration.

Double Dotted Notes and Rests

  • A Note that has Two Dots (double Dotted Note) placed after it is increased by the value 1/2 + 1/4.  
  • For Example: a Half Note is Increased by 1/2 (1 Quarter Note) + 1/4 (1 Eighth Note) = 3 Quarter Notes + 1 Eighth Note in duration.
  • In the Notation Examples below, 1 Beat or Count = 1 Quarter Note. 
  • A Double Dotted Whole Note = 4 Quarter Notes + 2 Quarter Notes + 1 Quarter Note = 7 Quarter Notes
  • Double Dots = (1/2 the note value + 1/4 the note value)
  • 1 Beat or Count = 1 Quarter Note.  1/2 Count = 8th Note.  1/4 = 16th Note
  •  1/8 = 32nd Note.  1/16 Beat or Count = 64th Note.  1/32 = 128th Note.

Double Dotted Notes Summary

Double Dotted Rests

  • For every Double Dotted Note there is the Double Dotted Rest Equivalent.