- A dotted half note = 1 half note + a quarter note, or 3 beats.
- A dotted quarter note = 1 quarter note + an eighth note: 1 1/2 beats (or three eighth-note beats).
- A dotted eighth note = 1 eighth note + a sixteenth note: 3/4 beat (or three sixteenth notes).
Two rhythm dots lengthen a note by 3/4 its original value. When counting a double dotted note, it’s helpful to break its length into 1 + 1/2 + 1/4:
- Double dotted quarter note
(1 quarter note + 1 eighth note + 1 sixteenth note) = 3 1/2 eighth notes
- Eighth note with a double dot
(1 eighth note + 1 sixteenth note + 1 32nd note) = 3 1/2 sixteenth notes
* Music rests may also be dotted.