Definition and background:
A note that has a dot placed to the right of the notehead, indicating that the duration of the note should be increased by half again its original duration. Dotted Note See dot; dotted rhythms.Also [Eng.] dotted note; [Fr.] note pointee; [Ger.] Punktierte Note; [It.] nota puntata; [Sp.] nota con puntillo. Placing dots to the right of the corresponding notehead lengthens the note's duration. One dot lengthens the note by one-half its value, two dots by three-quarters, three dots by seven-eighths, and so on. Rests can be dotted in the same manner as notes.
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