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6/8 or 2/4 with triplets?

Just a quick question. Can I use 2/4 with triplets instead of 6/8; will I get the same groove? I guess the only difference is that in the case of 2/4, my second down beat would be more accented than ...
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LilyPond: tuplet bars don't seem to match time used

Please take a look at these three snippets, from a piece in 4/4 time. LilyPond 2.24.3 via Frescobaldi in MacOS. e8 (b e4~ \tuplet 5/8{ e32 d cis d e} d8\noBeam) r8 \acciaccatura{fis8} fis'2~ fis16 ...
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Chopin Op. 9 No. 3 m. 27

From Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 3 in B Major. Is the phrase in red an unmarked 21-tuple? I can’t figure out how it would be correctly read as 32nd notes, so I assume so—just want to make sure.
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How Do I Correctly Count this Rhythm?

I'm studying a transcription for a guitar solo from a Steely Dan song called Your Gold Teeth II but there is a section that has me confused on how to count the rhythm. The Guitar solo starts at bar 86 ...
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Is there any nesting level of tuplets above which any tuplets can be rewritten with lower-level nested tuplets?

Tuplets can be nested. I read: In Dorico Pro, there is no limit to the number of levels you can have in nested tuplets This made me wonder: Is there any nesting level of tuplets above which any ...
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Making a confusing sheet with 3 voices and triplets non-ambiguous

Context I've transcribed the Title Screen song from Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow for classical guitar and I am now polishing the sheet. Here are measures 15 and 16 of the direct transcription of the ...
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is there a way to notate in a time signature a recurring triplet?

In The Beatles song “Ticket To Ride” the verses use a compound meter of 2/4 + ¼ note triplet. If put in a time signature would it look like this? 2 3 — + — 4 3 Is there a way to notate a triplet ...
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Lilypond - Moving around the number for a tuplet

I'm trying to replicate a triplet drawn as a bow with the number over the bow rather than under and shifted to hover over the first note. By following LilyPond - change tuplet bracket to a small bow, ...
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How to notate parallel tuplets

Suppose I have a 4/4 bar for piano, and in the right hand I want to play a quintuplet over 1, 2 and 3, and I want to play a quadruplet over 2, 3 and 4. What is the proper way to notate this? The ...
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How can I write undecuplets (11-tuplets) and duovigenuplets (22-tuplets) on Noteflight?

I found these undecuplets (11-tuplets) and duovigenuplets (22-tuplets) in Chopin's Nocturne in B-flat minor, Opus 9, Number 1: I want to use such tuplets in my own music. How can I write them in ...
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Entering a custom tuplet

I'm trying to write a custom tuplet in 4/4 time, which occupies one beat consisting of: A sixteenth note A sixteenth note A dotted eighth note Musescore is putting rests in and not recognizing it as a ...
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Problems with notation in 6/8 and dotted sixteenth

I have been practicing with the Stick Control book by George Lawrence Stone. After a while it starts with the 6/8 time signature, but then I ran into some notation that I can't quite understand. If ...
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TupletUp or TupletDown not working for me

On version 2.24.1, I'm trying to apply direction to my tuplets with \tupletUp and/or \tupletDown but it doesn't work. \tuplet 3/2 {...} is working fine but when I change it got this message: error: ...
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Quarter note quintuplets

How can I count and play quarter note quintuplet in 4/4 time.
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Half note triplets

I would like know how to count and play this half note triplets on 4/4 time.
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How to play triplet quarters against quarters

I want to know how to count this piece and play it correctly as I don't know how to integrate both hands correctly. piece:https://musescore.com/user/10943216/scores/7018957
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Spacing in tuplets (in sheet-music)

I am trying to understand whether it's okay to have different spaces within tuplets in case if I have other voices, or should I aim somehow to have even spaces in tuplets? Here is an example: For me ...
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How do I enter these triplets into MuseScore?

I'm a total beginner with all things music theory, so I figured I'd ask. I'm trying to enter this into MuseScore, but the triplets in the last two bars are confusing me. If I try to enter them I get ...
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Lilypond tremolo and tuplets

I am inputting a score and struggling with repeated triplets. In the snippet A is visually what is in the manuscript B is my understanding of the musical intention C is as close as I can get in ...
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Not sure how to notate this

I'm not sure if this is a sextuplet with a tremolo or how to notate it. (Using Musescore; I know how to notate a sextuplet with a tremolo, but it doesn't look like this once I do). Any advice as to ...
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How to play this triplet? [duplicate]

how can I play this triplet hands together? Time signature in this piece is 4/4.
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How to notate a "softened" dotted rhythm?

In a score I'm preparing, I have many pairs of notes whose durations should be played in the ratios 2:1 or 1:2, with each pair having a total duration of a half note. The common way to notate this is ...
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Can a tuplet cross a barline?

In correct music notation, can a tuplet (like a triplet or a quintuplet) cross a barline? I have never seen this, but if it's not allowed, why not? It looks to me like it should be possible.
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What is the duration of each note in a triple which contains more than three notes or less than three notes?

I am watching this video: It says there are some triplets with more than three values or less than three values. For instance: In the video, it demonstrates how I ...
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Suppressed repeated tuplet numbers

In older scores that have been engraved by hand, it is very common to see something like this: i.e. if there are many of the same tuplets in a row, the tuplet number is shown only for a couple of ...
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Can't understand 16th notes connected by beams [duplicate]

The following section (mm. 49–52) is from "Metamorphosis II" by Philip Glass with 4/4 signature. I don't understand how beats are adding up: There are 4x6 16th notes in each G clef measure, ...
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lilypond - hide tuplet numbers

I am working on translating BWV 772 into a lilypond file. I want to make it match the manuscript as much as possible. In the first bar, Bach writes the 3s for the triplets in both voices and then you ...
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Can anyone tell me how to play triplets in rhythm with eighth notes? [duplicate]

I'm having difficulty performing these series of triplets in tandem with my eighth notes? Does anyone know any cues or practice I can do to learn? I'm thinking I should try to just aim to aim to time ...
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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.
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thirteen within 4 beats? [duplicate]

How would you go about executing the rhythm pattern in bar 15 of Frank Zappa's "The Black Page #2"? "The Page" is in 4/4 time; how does one practice making 13 regular strokes ...
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Sextuplet vs pair of triplets

A single sextuplet and a pair of triplets are similar in the fact that their rhythmic note values are equal, but are different (as affirmed in this post) in that usually a sextuplet should only have ...
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Meaning of redundant tuplet

I sometimes see tuplets in written music that don't appear to serve any purpose, where the duration within the tuplet is the same as the duration the tuplet occupies as a whole. For example, I ...
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What time signature should I use with partial triplets?

Say I have six groupings of eighth note triplets, 18 total notes. I want to play 16 eighth note triplets, leave off the last two notes ("partial triplet"), and repeat the section. To my ear, ...
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Orchestral score has inconsistent time signature changes and note lengths

I'm learning music notation and as both a fan and enthusiast I bought the Star Trek: The Motion Picture film score from Omni Music Publishing. Unfortunately, I've encountered a confusing bit of ...
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Triplet round instead of square [duplicate]

I'd like to use a round bracket instead the square bracket for the Triplets but I can't find a solution. Here the exemple with regular square bracket: http://lilybin.com/iqdj8r/1 Thank you!
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Swing in eight notes vs triplets

I am trying to learn jazz and still can't find a solid answer to the swing in eighth notes. I understand swing follows the "long-short" pattern (quarter-eighth), but since triplets have a ...
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Name of a "triplet" inside an eighth beat

I've recently been creating my own rendition of Amazing Grace, and while I was working to add a bit of stylistic elements to it, I imagined a melody in my head which would require 3 beats in the space ...
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How to write rests in triplet semiquaver groups

In the second bar of this exercise, I have to add the correct rest into a triplet semiquaver group: Do you have to use separate semiquaver rests like I have done, or could I have used one quaver rest ...
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concerning irregular tuplets

An n-tuplet is a division of a given pulse in n even parts; hence, a quintuplet is playing 5 notes in the space of one, usually a quarter note, as a 13-tuplet is dividing a note in 13 even parts. What ...
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How these measures have more note values than mentioned in the time signature [duplicate]

I'm trying to play this piece of music where the time signature is 4-4 but it seems that the measures have more note values. How is this possible? Can someone please explain? I have attached a photo ...
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Why did Beethoven use triplets for the whole first movement of Moonlight Sonata rather than writing it in say 6/8?

I just came across the score for Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, and I was surprised when I saw the time signature of the first movement. (My background is that I've played music for many years—mainly ...
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Can a tuplet make notes longer?

While reading about tuplets recently, I came across the notion of a ratio for a tuplet. As shown in this picture, for example, a 3 eighth note to 2 eighth note tuplet would replace two eighth notes ...
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How to interpret in swing a 16th triplet followed by an 1/8 note?

So the combined 1/16 triplet and 1/8 note cover a quarter note. The question is does the 1/16 triplet cover a straight 1/8 note or does it cover the 1st two 1/8 notes of a set of an 1/8 triplet. So is ...
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How to play triplets & 16th notes together? [duplicate]

First of all, I'm a beginner with only one year experience on the piano, I have studied musical theory on my own for 2 years prior to buying it, and I've been practicing a piece since I've gotten my ...
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How can I render "uneven" tuplets in ABC notation?

I understand how to create "normal" tuplets in ABC: for example, where a triplet contains three notes, or a quintuplet contains five notes. X:1 T:"Normal" Tuplets M:2/4 L:1/16 K:...
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How Do I Count Note Durations In These Bars?

I am learning a piece at the moment which is in 4/4, however some bars look like they should be 12/8, and I am confused about the mixing of notation of sometimes triplets sometimes not. Here is the ...
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Triplets in 4/4 or 12/8 (with dotted quarter notes as beats)?

I am writing a piece in 4/4 which has triplets all the way. I insist it is not a "swing" feel, which I know how to notate (writing regular eight notes and adding the Swing decorator), but ...
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2/4 time signature, miscounting? [duplicate]

I'm trying to to practice my 2/4 time signature. Am I just making a stupid mistake with the attached image? They are 1/16th notes? so shouldn't there only be 8 of them to make up two beats and not 12? ...
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How could you notate a measure where you have "cut-off" triplets? [closed]

So, let's say you have a measure of 3/4. Like the following: Then you have a triplet in the next measure, like this: How would I "cut off" the last quarter rest from that triplet? I was ...
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Number of beats doesn't match time signature - how to play this?

I have a question about sheet music for D. Scarlatti's sonata K56. The time signature of the piece is 12/8, but in the very first measure there are actually 12.5 beats in the upper staff, including ...
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