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  Understanding Music Notation Lesson 11 – Rhythm Subdivisions  
Christopher Schlegel Tutorial 018 - Learning To Read Music (Page 11 of 17)
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Christopher Schlegel



Understanding Music Notation Lesson 11 – Rhythm Subdivisions

We can further subdivide rhythms by placing a little point to the immediate right of any note. Doing this actually 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, a dotted note lasts one and a half time as long as without the dot.

With this in mind, let’s practice the idea by slightly altering our previous Beethoven example melody.

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