|Kitchieboy's Music Tutor
Learning to Read Music
(But Not Enough to Hurt Your Playing)
Note Values - It's About Time
So how about those dots? We've spent a lot of time on lines and spaces, but the dots are where the notes are, right?
One more thing. A dot after a note adds 50% more time to it. So a dot after a quarter note means it should last for a beat and a half. You see dotted eighths a lot in Scottish music.
Still one more thing. When two or more flagged notes are next to each other, it's easier to draw a line across all their stems than to put cute wavy flags on all of them. The line is call a "beam". Single line beams mean eighth notes, double beams mean sixteenths.
And one more thing. An apology. I said at the beginning that you wouldn't need to take off your shoes and socks to do the counting. I lied. Sort of. If you count all the sixteenth notes, you have to use 100% of your fingers and 60% of your toes. Unless you have a better way of counting.
But, the other part of reading and writing time values - time signatures - keeps the numbers down. That's next.