Dots are placed after note heads to change the duration of a note.
|Dotted Half Notes||Dotted Quarter Notes||Dotted Eighth Notes|
The dot adds one-half of the duration value of the note to itself. For instance, one half the value of a half note is a quarter note. Therefore, a dotted half note is the time value of a half note plus a quarter note.
Listen to the following examples while looking at the notation to get an idea of the relative relationships in duration of the note values. (Click on the first note or the instrument links.)
The example below shows how the above example can be written using beams instead of flags.