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The book I'm going through doesn't seem to explain a lot of details. I'm looking at the next example of sheet music but the author doesn't mention or explain a note with a dot next to it.

  • Litterally googled your question. Tons of explanations.
    – arminb
    Jan 9, 2018 at 9:07
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    Sounds like a change of books may be on the cards!
    – Tim
    Jan 9, 2018 at 9:25

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A dot following a note, as in your diagram, increases the length of the note by one half or 50%. So without the dot it would be a quarter note (duration 2 eighth notes) and with the dot it is a quarter note plus an eighth note (duration 3 eighth notes).

As @arminb says you can google this and get lots of answers.

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