Jpin109
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08/27/2011 5:18 am
Is there any lessons here strictly on reading rythm in standard notation. like how do you count a dotted quarter note. i know a quarter note = 1 beat , half note = 2 beats , whole note is 4 beats. i just dont know how to count dotted notes. For example how do i count a dotted quarter not followed by like an eighth note. Can someone explain please. thankyou so much in advance.
ChristopherSchlegel
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08/27/2011 2:00 pm
Originally Posted by: Jpin109Is there any lessons here strictly on reading rythm in standard notation. like how do you count a dotted quarter note.

A dot after a note means to play the note one and a half times as long as normal.

So a dotted 1/4 note is 1/4 plus 1/8 equalling 1 and a half beats in 4/4.

A dotted 1/2 note is 1/2 plus 1/4 equalling 3 beats in 4/4. Make sense?

This tutorial in GF 2 on reading music notation shows you how to count rhythms in this manner:

http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=10272&c_id=2&ch_id=13&s_id=271

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Jpin109
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08/27/2011 6:02 pm
Thku Chris so if i count a dotted quarter not it would go like this ( 1 & ) and an eight note is just the (&). so if i have a bar of music written like this i would count as follows. Dotted 1/4 note followed by 2 eighth notes followed by 2 1/4 notes in 4/4 time would be counted like this. 1 & 2 & 3 4.
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08/30/2011 12:50 pm
Originally Posted by: Jpin109if i count a dotted quarter not it would go like this ( 1 & ) and an eight note is just the (&).[/quote]
Yes.
[QUOTE=Jpin109]if i have a bar of music written like this i would count as follows. Dotted 1/4 note followed by 2 eighth notes followed by 2 1/4 notes in 4/4 time would be counted like this. 1 & 2 & 3 4.

The top line is the complete background rhythm for 1/8th notes & the bottom line are Xs where you would play notes:
`1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1X X X X X `
Notice that the last 2 1/4 notes land on the upbeats of the measure (& counts). Make sense?
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