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Dots in tabs that aren't dotted notes?


from Away in a Manger mandolin tab

What do the dots signify? emphasis? swing? If I treat it as a real dotted note, there are too many beats in the measure.

Thanks!

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Howdy @iceprincess0966! Welcome to the forum!

They are dotted notes, and I want to clarify a couple things.

First, they are dotted because of the tab software TablEdit that I use to create the tab. That software allows your computer to play the tab for you (with a midi sound, of course). The dotted notes allow the note to ring out and provide more of a realistic sound, like a real instrument.

That brings me to another important point: you do not get the total number of beats by taking all the notes in the measure and adding them together. You can have a whole note on the bottom string last the entire measure while other notes are playing on top of it. Great question!

Check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg5qBbleK0w

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I’m glad I read this, info I didn’t know.

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