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We can further subdivide rhythms by placing a little point to the immediate right of any note. Doing this means to increase the rhythm value by 50 percent. So, for example, a quarter note normally lasts for one count. But a "dotted" quarter note lasts for one count plus another 50 percent of one count:

1 + (1 x .50) = 1 + .5 = 1.5 or "one and a half"

Essentially, any dotted note lasts one and a half time as long as the same type of note without the dot.

In the video I play and count another version of Beethoven's "Ode To Joy" Theme as a single note melody. Notice I have slightly altered the rhythms from the previous example in order to include dotted rhythms!

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