In my articles, I’m turning around in circles in order to avoid using the term dotted note. I have used the phrase ‘elongated notes’ instead, which is by no means correct. Under the note duration section, I have included the most commonly used notes (as in half notes, eighth notes, etc). The thing is what happens when you add a small dot to the note’s right hand side. Its duration increases by half of the note’s value. So, if a note’s duration is 1, the duration of 1 dotted will be 1.5. Similarly, if the duration of the note is 1/8, a dotted eighth note would have a duration equal to (1/8+1/16) 3 sixteenth notes.