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Post Thu Jul 24, 2008 1:34 pm

I dont get it...can someone explain this to me, idk why i dont get it though
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Post Thu Jul 24, 2008 1:39 pm

a dotted note is one and a half times the length of a note without the dot.
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Post Thu Jul 24, 2008 1:49 pm

here's an image I found that explains how various dotted notes break down

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Post Thu Jul 24, 2008 2:21 pm

Alan_ wrote:a dotted note is one and a half times the length of a note without the dot.


uhhh can u elaborate more please, i don't get it

i know its 1 1/2 a note, but how do u count it
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Post Thu Jul 24, 2008 2:25 pm

as is illustrated above, a dotted whole note is 1.5 x the length of a whole note. a whole note gets 4 beats. 1.5x4=6

a half note is 2 beats. a dotted half note is 3 beats.

a quarter note is 1 beat. a dotted quarter is 1.5 beats, the amount of time taken up by 3 8th notes.

and so on.
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Post Thu Jul 24, 2008 2:38 pm

oooo ok so like a half note is 3 beats so its gonna be 1..4, 1..4, 1..4,1..4

a quarter note is gonna be 1.5 beats how u said to 1.& 3 4, or 1.2 & 4, etc

Yes?
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Post Thu Jul 24, 2008 5:23 pm

Quarter note pulse in 4/4: 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & | etc.

Dotted Quarter note: 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & | 1 & 2 & 3 (this is the new "one" of the dotted quarter note pulse)
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Post Fri Jul 25, 2008 9:00 am

The thing to remember about playing and counting dotted notes is that what your doing is playing a long sound. This often confuses drummers, because we are used to just playing the 'attack' of a note or rhythm, but don't pay as much attention to the duration of the note.
It helps to read notes as if you were playing a horn. If you play a 16th note on a trumpet, it sounds like "bop", with the sound stating on beat 1 and ending on the count of "e".
If we play a dotted half note on a horn, the sound starts on beat 1 and rings out until just before beat 4, where the sound stops. BAAAAAHHHHHHH! It's three full beats of sound.

Think like a musician, not just a drummer.

For drum set, we need to think of the set as a combination of short, medium, and long sounds. Big cymbals and low tuned drums work well for dotted notes, as do rolls.
For short sounds, use the snare, closed hihat and splashes.

Once you understand this, playing things that fit the song is easy, even if your reading a vocal part or a bass part.
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Post Fri Jul 25, 2008 9:23 am

Alan_ wrote:a dotted note is one and a half times the length of a note without the dot.


The phrase that helps me remember is :

A dotted note is the combined length of the written note plus one half of its value.


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Post Fri Jul 25, 2008 5:57 pm

it adds half the notes value to the note
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