What is the value of a dotted quarter note

What is the value of a dotted quarter note?

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Jul 10, 2017
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Helpful ! Dotted quarter gets one and a half beats! Thank you
by: Monkey

Ok. I understand most everything !

Nov 10, 2015
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How many beats in a dotted quarter note (dotted crotchet)
by: Simon

It depends on the time signature!

A dot after a note adds half its value, so if you are talking about a dotted quarter note in 4/4 timing, the quarter note is worth one and therefore the dot is worth half of one, i.e., a half - so the dotted quarter note is worth 1 1/2.

If you are in 6/8 timing the quarter note is usually said to be worth two eighth notes - so the dotted note is worth two plus half of two, so 3.

Actually both of these values are the same! 1 1/2 quarter notes is the same length as three eighth notes.

Hope this helps!
Simon

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