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Does anyone know what does this 3 means in staff notation as shown below in the image, why there is more than 3 bits. enter image description here

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  • This is the sign for triplets what means there are 3 eight notes for a quaver. (The first two are tied). – Albrecht Hügli Sep 10 at 6:38
  • Yes, a crotchet - as Tim writes. Not a quaver (I thought this was the term for a 4th note – Albrecht Hügli Sep 10 at 18:45

There are three bits - 'le-et me'. That one beat - here a crotchet, is split into three equal parts. They're known as triplets. So 'soul' has the first two beats of that bar to be sung to, and the last beat is now three equal notes, taking exactly the same time as one beat together.

Probably a dupe, though!

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