38: Tied & Dotted Notes
Lesson 38: Tied & Dotted NotesThis lesson teaches how we write odd-length notes (like a note that lasts 3, 2½, or 1½ beats), using ties and dots.
Before taking this lesson, you should know:
The tie "glues" two notes together to make a single longer note. The tie is a curved line connecting the two notes. It looks like this:
You would play the above example as a single note that lasts for 2½ beats (2 beats for the half-note, plus ½ beat for the eighth-note).
Note: When you play and count tied notes, you do not need to "do the math" and add up the note values; it's easier if you don't. You can count the beats for each of the tied notes, one after the other, just like you would if they were not tied. But when you get to the 2nd note (the "tied-to" note), you don't start a new note; you just keep holding the note you're already holding.
A dotted note lasts 1½ times as long as an "undotted" note. We use dotted notes to write several common "odd" note lengths. A dotted note is a "plain note" with a dot after it. Here are the common dotted notes:
Next: Learn how we write the silences between notes, in Lesson 39: Rhythm: Rests.