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This note is very useful when you are in 3/4 time signature because it fills the measure just like a whole note fills the measure in 4/4 time.
The dotted quarter note is very common in music. Again, you are
adding half to itself or multiplying the beat times 1 and 1/2. 1 x 1
1/2 (or 3/2)=1 1/2 beats. In this case you are adding an eighth note
duration to the quarter note.
NOTE: In the video below one thing I don't mention is that the little curl above the eighth note chord and the half note chord, is called a "tie". This means they are literally tied together in terms of duration. So I am holding those notes or chords for 2 1/2 beats in each measure.
Below we have a chart that includes a dotted whole note and a dotted eighth note. Using the same formula, a dotted whole note is worth 6 beats (4+2). You add a half note to the duration of a whole note. The dotted eighth note is worth 3/4 of a beat (1/2 +1/4). You add a sixteenth note to the duration of an eighth note.
*I apologize for all the math, but once you get it…you really get it!!!
Ok, let's look at scales and chords!