I'm a complete noob when it comes to sheet music and I have a (probably) very stupid question regarding this:enter image description here

The way I see it, the notes and pause don't add upp to 4 beats? First a dotted quarter, 3/8ths of the bar, then an eighth pause, 4/8ths, then an eighth note, 5/8ths, followed by half notes, 9/8ths?


1 Answer 1


The dot above the quarter note is a staccato articulation which doesn't affect its rhythmic value. It's still a quarter note. If the dot was to the right of the note it would change its rhythmic value.

The sample has two voices. The top voice (sticks upwards) has a half note rest followed by a half note.

The lower voice (sticks downwards) has a staccato quarter note followed by an eighth note rest then an eighth note tied into the following half note. The eighth note rest is vertically misaligned - it should be further up the staff.

  • 3
    I think the eighth rest is further down the staff to indicate that it corresponds to the lower voice. But it's so far down, and the lower voice in such a high register, that it's more confusing than helpful in this particular situation.
    – Kevin
    Dec 7, 2017 at 0:14
  • 1
    I'd agree with @Kevin that the eighth rest should have been placed somewhere around the 2nd or third staff line. Dec 7, 2017 at 14:43

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.