# What note would be used to fit 4 notes in a 5/8 time signature

What note represents 1.25 beats. Or in other words 4 notes in 5/8 time.

There is no individual symbol representing 1.25 beats. To do it in 5/8 time, one would either use:

• eighth note (1 beat) tied to a 32nd note (.25 beats)
• a sixteenth (.5 beats) tied to a dotted sixteenth (.75 beats) (or vice versa)
• a four-tuplet

The first solution is better for a single note; the second might be easier for a reader uncomfortable with tuplets; but the last solution works better for the title problem of four equal divisions of five beats.

### Correction

The tuplet in the above example should have been written either as "4:5" (see concerning irregular tuplets) or with just "4", but using quarter notes rather than eighth notes (see Is a sixteenth note quintuplet worth 4 sixteenth notes? If so, why is this wrong?).

• There's also another option: it's still a bit obscure, but it keeps a consistent reference of the pulse and it's also the commonly accepted simplification (and explanation) of the actual "subdivision": i.sstatic.net/z258B.png Commented Apr 9, 2022 at 4:20
• I'd rather think that the neat quadruplet notation is best for inexperienced musicians as well (if an inexperienced musician would play anything in 5/8 time in the first place). Surely it's easier to make peace with the existence of tuplets than to make sense of overwhelming clutter of confusing notes. Commented Jul 26 at 9:02