Dotted notes We can extend a note for longer by adding a dot. A dot increases the duration of a note by another half of the value of the note. A crotchet with a dot becomes a dotted crotchet and is
Quaver Grouping Notes that are smaller than a crotchet in duration (quavers & semi-quavers) need to be joined together if there are more than one of them side by side. We join quavers together with a single beam. They can be
Organising notes Now that we know the names of the notes & rests, we need to know how to organise them, so that they can be easily read while playing an instrument. First of all, we write notes on a
Note duration Here are the symbols for notating rhythm in music. Underneath each note are the beats to count to show the length of the note. Here are the symbols for notating silence in music, as a rest.
Compound time covers the time signatures of 6/8, 9/8 & 12/8. (Note that forward slashes don’t form a part of a time signature on a staff but are used here for ease of reading within text) In simple time (2/4,