How do you do a dotted slur?

How do you do a dotted slur?

It indicates that you should separate the notes like a staccato, but not as harsh as a typical staccato... softly divided, if you will. To achieve this kind of subtle separation, place a staccato dot over each note and a slur over the group of sounds.

What is a dotted 1/8 note?

A dotted note is equal to a note plus half of the note value. If a 1/8 note is worth 1/2 a beat, then a dotted 1/8 note is worth 3/4 of a beat. Essentially, it implies that the dotted 1/8 delayed notes fall between the beats rather than on the beats. Therefore, it does not indicate the time period directly after each note but rather suggests an implied timing.

Dotted notes appear frequently in African music and are used in some Latin dances as well. A common example is the conga drum pattern, which includes eight dotted notes.

In addition to being useful for marking off subdivisions within a song, dotted notes can also be used to indicate a pause. For example, if you want to indicate that something important is about to happen at scene change or near the end of a number, you might use a dotted quarter note instead of a full one.

Finally, if you want to indicate that something is missing, then a dotted note is appropriate. For example, if there's a note missing from a chord, we usually mark the omission with a dot below the affected string or voice. A similar notation may appear under a passage that's been left out of a recording. Here's a simple melody with its eighth note divided into two groups of four notes each with one dot underneath the third group: c' d' e' f'. This means that there is no g" present in the melody.

What do dots do to a note?

When a dot is added to a note, the length of that note is cut in half. A second dot is worth half the value of the first, or one-quarter of the original duration. (These are referred to as "double-dotted notes.") The note becomes quarter notes. A third dot cuts the note's duration in half again, to one-eighth. This goes on until you reach the end of the measure, where the note should be short enough not to need a dot.

Dots can also be used to change the timing of a note. For example, if you want a note to start at the beginning of the bar but come in later in the measure, you could place a single dot on it. The note will now start at the specified time but still have room to grow before it reaches its peak amplitude. If you wanted the note to stay the same length but come in at a different time, you could divide the note into four parts with two dots and then move each division down by one-fourth. The note would now start at the beginning of the bar but finish around when the third division reached the base line.

Dots can also be used to mark temporary changes to notes. For example, if you were performing a piano piece and needed to make some sudden changes to the tempo, you could use double-dotted notes to indicate these changes.

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