How can I write on a pentagram (another word for the staff in my country) a note that is 5 x 1/16 notes length? If I use a dotted quarter note I get 6 x 1/16 length

I can get away with a quarter note (crotchet) and a 1/16 silence but still want to learn about it.

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    Do you mean a staff or stave, with its five lines? A pentagram is a 5-pointed star.
    – Tim
    Jul 6, 2016 at 5:07
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    @Tim in some countries (Greece included) you call the staff a pentagram (from the greek πεντάγραμμο - πεντε + γραμμες = five lines) which make the staff Jul 6, 2016 at 10:18
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    Thanks, Shev. I googled it, and saw hundreds of pics with 5 lines, but they all made stars! I knew it was from Greek, but couldn't find any reference music-wise. I guess most folk would recognise staff/stave more easily. I love this site - something new to learn every day!
    – Tim
    Jul 6, 2016 at 11:21
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    @Tim Oh, I didn't knew the word stave, I assumed that it was pentagram, as in Spanish we call it "pentagrama", at least in Argentina.
    – Rombus
    Jul 6, 2016 at 13:17

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You'll have to represent it with a tie. In 4/4, the simplest and most direct way is to represent it with a quarter note tied to a 16th note as such:

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  • Or eighth tied to dotted eighth :-) but yours is certainly the easiest to read Jul 6, 2016 at 11:48
  • Thanks Dom! I tried this on a music composition software but it didn't work, then after seeing your answer I changed the software and it worked. BTW I can't find the button to accept your answer
    – Rombus
    Jul 6, 2016 at 13:07
  • @Rombus another easy way to find what you're looking for is to fill the whole measure with 16th notes , tie the ones you want and then see what that leaves you with Jul 6, 2016 at 14:02

Without ties can also use a double dotted triplet.

  • Could you show the math? It seems like it shouldn't work. Also, I think this suggestion would be fairly annoying to read, if it does indeed work, though the performer would probably get used to it.
    – awe lotta
    Dec 8, 2019 at 16:06
  • You could write out an equation, so like a * 1.5^2 = 5/16, where 5/16 is the note length we want and 1.5^2 is the double dot. Solving for a would give 5/36, which can't be written with just tuplets, and certainly not triplets.
    – awe lotta
    Dec 8, 2019 at 16:20

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