From this Tuplet explanation: A triplet: “three notes played in the normal duration of four”. But I could not verify this on couple of the music sheets and from entering notes using flat.io site.

Then I found another explanation: “A triplet group’s total duration is equal to two of the original note-values contained within.” This one I was able to verify.

So was the info from wikipedia wrong?

  • Hae you checked back at Wiki? It doesn't say what you say it says. – Tim May 4 '20 at 15:26
  • If you look carefully, your first item is a "2-beat triplet." – Carl Witthoft May 4 '20 at 17:42
  • Your 1st quote is NOT what Wiki says. – Tim Mar 18 at 15:59

A Tuplet is x notes in the time of y. A 15:8 group is an example of a tuplet.

A Triplet is a particular type of Tuplet where x=3, y=2. Three notes in the time of two. Some other common groupings also have a name.

Here's a 7:4 tuplet.

(The notation program Sibelius confuses the issue by labelling the menu where tuplets are constructed as 'Triplets'.)

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    Please check your third sentence. – Tim May 3 '20 at 16:20
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    Is it just me, or does Sibelius itself call a septuplet a sextuplet? – Dekkadeci May 4 '20 at 13:19
  • No, it calls a septuplet a septuplet. And a sextuplet a sextuplet. 7-group, 6-group. What's wrong with my third sentence @Tim? It's a bar of 4/4. – Laurence Payne May 4 '20 at 14:16
  • 'x+3, y=3'. Should it be 'x=3, y=2'. 3rd sentence not para... – Tim May 4 '20 at 14:35
  • Oh, right. Corrected. Thanks. – Laurence Payne May 4 '20 at 14:40

Please re-read Wiki! All triplets are tuplets, but not all tuplets are triplets!!

Tuplet is the name given to any non-standard timings within a specified bar. Triplets are one such kind, and are so called because there are three notes played in the time two of the same value are normally played. So, a tad quicker.

  • And, now, not always all within a specific bar. Tuplets across a barline are quite common in 'modern classical' music. – Laurence Payne May 4 '20 at 14:42
  • @LaurencePayne - not met that yet. They'm brekkin' orl them rules! – Tim May 4 '20 at 14:45
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    @LaurencePayne maybe, but only by self-wanking composers. Everyone else recognizes that the run should have forced different measure lengths in the first place. – Carl Witthoft May 4 '20 at 17:50
  • @CarlWitthoft - that's usually tautology. – Tim May 4 '20 at 18:42
  • I was reading the wikipedia page over and over, and I didn't even able to understand this even though it seems so obvious now after reading the answers. Even so, I'm still unable to understand how to determine how many notes the tuplets are supposed to replace without reading the entire bar. I'm scared. – Clockwork Mar 18 at 15:30

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