The Value of the Dotted Whole Note
(or Dotted Semibreve)

This is how you work out the value of the dotted whole note.

value of dotted whole note

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Remember: The dot takes half the value of the note. In the case of the dotted semibreve (whole note) this means the dot takes 2 beats. Adding this to the original value of the note (4) we get 6 beats.

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