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Dot | Definition


A Dot can be placed above or after musical notes in musical notation. The dot over a note means that the note should be played staccato - therefore the note should be held for less than its full length. If the dot is placed after a note, then the time value of the note is to be extended by half - therefore a dotted minim is held for 3 beats. A double dot after the note extends the time by three-quarters.

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