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What does that 3 with lines stand for?


It's a triplet. It means that you should play the three notes indicated in the amount of time that you would normally take to play two.

This means that the three crotchets/quarter notes take the same time to play as the one minim/half note below.


It means that you play the three crotchets (quarter-notes) in the time that would usually be taken by two.

Or to put it another way, the B F# G will take the same time as the D# underneath.

It's called a triplet.

  • Yes, my mistake. I'm English so have to convert to fraction-notes on the rare occasion I use that nomenclature. Jan 18 '18 at 15:55

I assume this piece is in 4/4 time. The -3- indicates triplets. Specifically quarter note triplets. Starting on beat 3 you should play 3 notes spread out over 2 beats.

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