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I am learning the piece clair de lune on the piano, and I noticed in some measures there are numbers above the notes. I researched about it and I only saw that numbers above notes are fingerings. They would mainly be in between notes and usually are the numbers two and three. When I tried to use them as fingerings they would be very unorthodox and the only thing I noticed was that there would be a beat or two missing from the measure. If anyone has any information that they would like to share, I would be very appreciative.

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    Can we get a screenshot of these numbers between notes (or, as I suspect, above tied, already sounding notes)?
    – Dekkadeci
    Commented Sep 13, 2020 at 18:50
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    As @Dekkadeci suggests, these are probably duplets (2) and triplets (3): with duplet eighths typically taking up the time usually accorded to three regular eights, and triplet eighths taking up the time usually accorded to two regular eighths.
    – Brian Tung
    Commented Sep 13, 2020 at 18:56
  • In measure 13 there is the number 2: Commented Sep 13, 2020 at 19:02
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    Without a show of what the problem is, we really can't help.
    – Tim
    Commented Sep 13, 2020 at 20:00
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    Yes: duplets. The two quavers are played in the time of three. Later in the piece there are some quadruplets too. You can read about both of these here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuplet#Compound_meter Commented Sep 14, 2020 at 1:31

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