The Eclipse Self-Instructor for 5 string banjo

A complete instruction manual for playing banjo (using plectrum)

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A Dot, placed after a Note or Rest, increases the value or du­ration of that Note or Rest one half
of its original value.
When two dots are placed after a note or a rest)fhe second dot has
Music is divided into eqinl por­tions by lines drawn through the staff, called Bars, thus: _
The space and contents between two Bars is called a Measure, or Bar of music. Each bar or measure con­tains an equal value of notes,or rests,according to the time indicated at the commencement of the piece.
Double Bars are used to divide a piece of music iiito two,three or more parts,called STRAINS, and are al­ways placed at the end of a Strain or piece of music.
When dots are placed on one side of the double bar, the part on the same side as the dots is to be re­peated. When dots are.placed on both sides of the double bar, both parts are to be repeated.
TIME. The following are the figtires used to indicate the different kinds of time, most generally used.
The following Examples show the manner of counting some of the various kinds of time. Common time has four beats or counts to a bur.
In all cases, the upper figure of the time-mark signifies the NUMBER of notes,and the lower, the KIND of notes or their equivalent in the measure.
EXAMPLES. The word and is used to indicate the half of a beat.