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Reading rhythm, part 8: dotted rhythms

Part of a 12-part course on reading rhythm.

We covered dotted notes in part 4. A dotted rhythm is a particular use of dotted notes, where one note falls on the beat and another falls 34 of the way through the beat, e.g.:

𝅘𝅥𝅮. 𝅘𝅥𝅯

It’s sufficiently common that it’s worth practicing by itself. Pieces in my Intermediate Classical course that use it a lot are Dvořák’s Largo from the “New World” Symphony, Albinoni’s Adagio, Bizet’s “Toreador Song”, and Verdi’s “La donna è mobile”. Let’s work through them one by one:

The most important lesson to remember is: when playing a dotted rhythm, make sure you’re splitting the beat into 4 and not 3.

Next up: rests.