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
    Commented May 4, 2020 at 15:26
  • If you look carefully, your first item is a "2-beat triplet." Commented May 4, 2020 at 17:42
  • Your 1st quote is NOT what Wiki says.
    – Tim
    Commented Mar 18, 2021 at 15:59

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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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    Is it just me, or does Sibelius itself call a septuplet a sextuplet?
    – Dekkadeci
    Commented May 4, 2020 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
    Commented May 4, 2020 at 14:16
  • There are documents for people already known the subjects. And there are documents for people like me.
    – EmilyJ
    Commented May 4, 2020 at 15:25
  • @Dekkadeci Yes, there's an error in the Sibelius code here. "Creates a sextuplet (7:4)."
    – Richard
    Commented May 4, 2020 at 17:47
  • Sheet music very rarely prints the ":4" part, as it's directly obvious from the existence of the half-rest as well as the fact that these are eighth-notes that they have to fit into 2 (quarter-note) beats. Since the rule is "Never make the notes in the run longer than default" you can't use sixteenths . Commented May 4, 2020 at 17:49

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.

  • 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
    Commented Mar 18, 2021 at 15:30

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