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Question #4 in my quest for knowledge

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by cassanova, Mar 18, 2002.


  1. cassanova

    cassanova

    Sep 4, 2000
    Florida
    What does a dot underneath a note mean to do? I've got a couple of more questions, but I want to try and find the answers on my own before I ask.

    Thanks in advance Tab Nazi's :D
     
  2. Chris A

    Chris A Chemo sucks!

    Feb 25, 2000
    Manchester NH
    I believe a dot below or above a note means to play it staccato.

    Chris A.:rolleyes:
     
  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Yup, it means staccato, play it short, with a clear pause between the notes, so that the notes are clearly set apart from each other.

    Staccato is derived from the italian staccare - to detach.
     
  4. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    Man your smart! :eek: Play The note then release the preassuer of the fret so the note stops.
     
  5. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Don't be fooled by staccato dots: they are not as simple as they seem. Each style will have its own unwritten "rules" or preferences about exactly how long a staccato note should last. Only the very beginning type of instruction tells you to play staccato notes SHORT. The question is, HOW SHORT? You have to use your ears for that.

    One good rule of thumb I tend to use as a default note length for staccato is to make the staccato articulation exactly one half of the duration of the note....so a staccato quarter note would really sound like an 8th note followed by an 8th rest; a staccato 8th would translate into a 16th note plus 16th rest, etc. This usually gets you in the ballpark in most styles, and your ears can take it from there.
     
  6. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    That's good advice Chris!
     
  7. cassanova

    cassanova

    Sep 4, 2000
    Florida
    Ok, I thought staccato was the dot beside the note....if its not that then whats the one beside the note? {to the right}
     
  8. hujo

    hujo

    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    That means that you should make the note longer with 50%. A quarternote turns into a quarter plus an eight (not two separate notes, mind), an eight turns into an eight plus a sixteenth, etc.
     
  9. bassandlax

    bassandlax

    Dec 31, 2001
    Raleigh, NC
    good call hujo... :rolleyes:
    thats what i thought this guys original question was.

    joe
     
  10. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    no, his question was about dots under not next to the notes.
     
  11. cassanova

    cassanova

    Sep 4, 2000
    Florida
    i asked another one too Blinky, about the dots next to the notes too.
     
  12. hujo

    hujo

    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    good call joe. :rolleyes: the question i answered was this:

    "if its not that then whats the one beside the note? {to the right}"