# Music readers or musicians needed for this question

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My son is working on a program for his computer science course. He needs help with these questions in order to finish his program:

How long is a half note and a quarter note with a dot next to it, supposed to be played? (meaning length of time to be played)

Thanks for any help...

Dee

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My son is working on a program for his computer science course. He needs help with these questions in order to finish his program:

How long is a half note and a quarter note with a dot next to it, supposed to be played? (meaning length of time to be played)

Thanks for any help...

Dee

The dot adds half the length of the note it follows. A dotted half note takes the same time as three quarter notes, a dotted quarter takes the same time as three eighth notes.

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The absolute length of time depends on the given tempo of the piece. Often, there is a notation specifying how long a quarter, or half note, has to be (BPM- beats per minute). At other times, the tempo of a piece is given by a name like "andante" or "allegro".

A quarter note in an Andante will be longer than a quarter note in a Presto; the note values only give relative lengths, not absolute.

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What is the time signature? If it is 2/4, 3/4, or 4/4 a half note will get 2 beats, and a dotted quarter note will get 1 1/2 beats.

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I believe it was 3/4ths, but he got his answer thanks to these posts! Thank you all so much! He was able to finish the program and send it out for a grade. Wooh, this online virtual course has proved to be very challenging, but in a good way!

Thanks again!!!:lol: I'm so appreciative of all of you!

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