2.2 Notes, rests and accidentals


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In this chapter you will learn about the dotted quarter note. Further, you’ll have aan excercise to learn how to recognize rhythms.

1. Dotted quarter note


kwartnootpunt dotted quarter note quarter note increased by an eighth note; note played for the value of three eighth notes.


2. Ear training

The exercise recognizing rhythm is a preparatory exercise for Chapter 2.23 Rhythmic dictation.

The purpose of this exercise is to learn to hear the difference between two differently notated rhythms. The difference between these two rhythms concerns only one note.



Ear Training exercise 2e: the played rhythm is notated twice. Choose the right rhythm.

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Example question

The next rhythm is being played:

Choose which rhythm you hear.

Choise 1: No image!

Choise 2: No image!


Practical steps

The rhythm is notated in a two-four meter. The difference between the first and second rhythm is the first beat in the first measure:

  1. in the first rhythm, a dotted quarter note is being played.
  2. in the second rhythm, a quarter note is being played.

Clap or tap the two notated rhythms to train your inner hearing abilties. Then play the rhythm and try to hear whether in the first beat in the first measure

  1. a dotted quarter note is being played (choise 1) or
  2. a quarter note is being played (choise 2).

Answer: choice 1.