# how to count 16th note triplets

When you count in 4/4 time, to get 16th notes you normally say something like:

1 ee and ah two ee and ah 3 ee and ah 4 ee and ah

When you count 8th note triplets you normally say something like

1 and ah 2 and ah 3 and ah 4 and ah

But what about when I want to count 16th note triplets? Is there some kind of way to say that rythmically?

In the `1 and ah` system, your best option is to subdivide. For example, a piece in 4/4 you would count as though it were 8/8.

``````X:0
K:C
M:4/4
L:16
"1"c2y"2"yy"3"c(3"4"c/2"&"c/2"a"c/2 "5"c"6"c "7"c`"8"c
``````

However, there is an alternative system devised by Richard Hoffman that covers sixteenth-note triplets quite well. His mnemonic for a full sextuplet is `Ta va ki di da ma`. You would extract the appropriate three syllables depending on where in the beat the triplet falls. So, for example:

``````X: 1
L: 1/16
K: C
M: none
(6"ta"c"va"c"ki"c"di"c"da"c"ma"c | (3"ta"c"va"c"ki"c "di"c2 | "ta"c2 (3"di"c"da"c"ma"c
``````

Richard Hoffman. 2009. The Rhythm Book 2nd ed. Franklin, TN: Harpeth River Publishing.