1) What do the dots beside some notes mean, in notation?
2) When you guys are playing a piece how do you play 8th notes and keep in time.
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1) What do the dots beside some notes mean, in notation?
2) When you guys are playing a piece how do you play 8th notes and keep in time.

1. Hold the note for its duration plus one half of its duration. For example, a quarter note in 4/4 is one beat; a dotted quarter note is one and one-half beats.
2. Practice the piece with a metronome; tapping your foot can help as well.
1) The note lasts for half of its duration again. a dotted quarter note lasts for 1.5 quarter notes.

2) In 4/4, two eighth notes per beat.
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1) What do the dots beside some notes mean, in notation?
2) When you guys are playing a piece how do you play 8th notes and keep in time.

1. A dotted quarter note is equal to a quarter note plus an 8th note. A dotted 8th note is equal to an 8th note plus a 16th note. See the pattern?

2. One and Two and Three and Four and...
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1) What do the dots beside some notes mean, in notation?
2) When you guys are playing a piece how do you play 8th notes and keep in time.

1) a dot adds 1/2 of the normal value to the note

examples (in 4/4):

quarter note = 1 beat
1 + 1/2
dotted quarter = 1 & 1/2 beats

Half note = 2 beats
2 + 1 (half of 2) = 3
dotted half = 3 beats

2) counting 8ths in 4/4

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
Since the first question has already been answered, I'll just touch on the second one and say that you have to subdivide in your head.
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1) The dots can either mean the note is played STACCATO, or it means add half the value of the original note to it
1 2 3 4
a half note plays 1 2
a dotted half note plays 123
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the way eighth notes are is
1 2 3 4
1+2+3+4+
the +'s, or ANDS are the eight notes
they are half the value of a quarter
two eights=one quarter
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^To clarify, the staccato would be indicated by the dot being placed above the note, whereas the rhythmic dot would be placed next to the note.
KK any good ideas, I got told I could go like "1 and 2 and 3 and 4" but is there any other ways that you guys know of?
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KK any good ideas, I got told I could go like "1 and 2 and 3 and 4" but is there any other ways that you guys know of?

Like I said, practice your rhythms with a metronome and you'll begin to internalize specific beats and subdivisions of beats.
theres an "and' after 4 also
1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and
and if your playing 16th notes
its
1 e and a 2 e and a 3 e and a 4 e and a
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but yeah as the guy above me said
staccato is written directly above or below a note
a dotted note is always to the right of the note
(in western music)
It's like Superman reading the teachings of Jesus. The two greatest musicians on Earth hath combined forces. I officially quit music, as it has reached it's zenith with that cover.
K awesome thanks guys, I need to buy a metronome.
Also I tried the 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & method and that works quite well.
what are you needing to use dotted and eighth notes for?
just getting onto theory now or what?
i learned all my theory online :]
my band teacher said i basically know enough to get through a college music class
so just do some research online
its all there
It's like Superman reading the teachings of Jesus. The two greatest musicians on Earth hath combined forces. I officially quit music, as it has reached it's zenith with that cover.
Just started getting into theory and I didn't know what they were.
Could you give me any tips?