What Is Dotted Note Value For Quarter, Eighth & Sixteenth Note?

Lesson 7 - Dotted Note Value

Read about the dotted note value for quarter notes, eighth note and sixteenth note with a chart.

What is dotted note value?

A dotted note is a musical note with a dot to the right-hand side of the notehead which extends the duration of any musical note.

A dot increases the note duration or rest duration by half the value of note itself.

The extended duration depends on the type of musical note.

Please make a note that a dot placed above or below the notehead conveys different instruction.

Dotted half note value

A half note with a dot increases the duration of the note by half the value of a half note.

Therefore, the dotted half note = half note + quarter note

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Explanation:

In above example, the first measure has half notes without any dots. Therefore, each half note gets two beats.

In the second measure, the first half note has a dot placed after the notehead. Therefore, it receives around three beats highlighted in yellow color.

In the third measure, the half note on the third beat has a dot. However, a measure with 4/4 time signature consists only four beats. Therefore, the remaining quarter note from a dotted half note value is placed in the next measure using a tie.

Ties are used to connect notes with the same pitch. Read about ties and slurs in my next lesson.

Dotted quarter note value

A quarter note with a dot increases the duration of the note by half the value of the quarter note.

Therefore, the dotted quarter note value = quarter note + eighth note

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Explanation:

In above example, the first measure has quarter notes without any dots. Therefore, each quarter note receives one beat.

In the second measure, the first quarter note has a dot placed after the notehead. Therefore, it receives around one and half beat (counted as 1 and 2) highlighted in yellow color.

In the third measure, the quarter note on the fourth beat has a dot. However, a measure with 4/4 time signature consists only four beats. Therefore, the remaining eighth note from a dotted quarter note value is placed in the next measure using a tie.

Dotted eighth note value

The eighth note with a dot increases the duration of the note by half the value of the eighth note.

Therefore, the dotted eighth note vale = eighth note + sixteenth note

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Dotted sixteenth note value

The sixteenth note with a dot increases the duration of the note by half the value of the sixteenth note.

What if we want to use a dotted note at the end of the measure?

Instead of using dotted notes at the end of the measure we use a tie symbol, to avoid the confusion.

Following dots chart displays the relationship between a dot and the musical notes we have discussed in the lesson.

Dotted note value chart

Dotted note value chartDotted note value chart

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