Questions tagged [tuplet]

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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 I have to add the correct rest and it is a triplet semiquaver group Do you have to use separate semiquaver rests like I have done or could I have used one quaver rest instead?
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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 triplets for whole movement 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 on full score or 12/8 (with dotted 4th as full beat)?

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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Mixed 3:5 rhythm with ordinary notes

I've got this rhythm which has a 3:5 bit (the three notes in the top go against the first five in the bottom - the final rest in each bar is in-line to make up the bar of 6/8) and I've sketched out ...
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triplet in tuplet

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. ...
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Is it a mistake to write a "6" (sextuplet notation) over a grouping of three notes?

Like many guitarists I'm not great at reading traditional music notation. I just came across the following bar, and I'm confused: (If anyone cares, this is from the song Sequoia Throne by Protest the ...
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Help with sixteenth tuplet with a 9 under

I have trouble understanding a sixteenth note tuplet with a 9 under it, as I have tried to count it as a triplet but it still doesn't fit in. People say that tuplets are in the space of 1 quarter ...
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Thoughts on Tuplets vs. Subdivision?

This was a point of interest brought up in the comments to my answer on Help with analyzing sus and add chords in this progression. In that question, the sheet music has a measure of 4/4 time written ...
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Preferred notation for subdivision into 2 parts in 6/8

Which of these notations is preferred?
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Number 6 finger notation on music?

My music has a number 6 on the finger notation and I can’t figure out what finger I’m supposed to use.
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Metric Modulation: Length of 'swing' notes

I just exported a Piano score from Sibelius with a swing feel: I wanted to edit the MIDI in my DAW and noticed, that the notes actually weren't in a triplet duration. The second note was always off ...
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Question on time signatures relating to compound and simple time with tuplets

I'm currently learning theory for grade 3, but i hit sort of a roadblock. In the image, the question asks to "Add time signatures to these bars". Now, I do know that let's say 3/4 and 6/8 differ in ...
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Write three sixteenth notes as a triplet in Musescore

I am desperate, I don't know where else to look. I have this score where I need to turn 3 sixteenths into a triplet. Is there a way to select the three notes and make them into a triplet? I really ...
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What does this 3 means in staff notation? [duplicate]

Does anyone know what does this 3 means in staff notation as shown below in the image, why there is more than 3 bits.
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Numbers under a note (guitar) [duplicate]

Hi I am a guitar beginner, can someone help me to understand what does that number (3 under notes) mean?
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Unknown indication below upper stave

The number 2, quite large and in italics, appears twice below the notes on the upper stave. There are some fingering indicators but one quarter the size. The time signature is 6/8
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Time signature inconsistent

I'm trying to write the first measure of the Moonlight in Lilypond From my very basic knowledge the first measure is 4 x 3 x 1/8 = 3/2 long, but the special symbol (alla breve) seams to be a 2/2. ...
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Quintuplet over 3/16th

For quintuplets over 4/16th notes I can use 16th note quintuplet. For quintuplets over 2/16th notes I can use 32nd note quintuplet. Is there any notation for quintuplets over 3/16th notes? Imagine ...
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Irrational meter - why the mark of a triplet in 4 half notes

Can someone please explain to me why the mark of a triplet in this 4 half notes? I understood how to play it but from what i read you can only write triplets on 3 notes like 3 eighths 3 quarters etc......
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Notation of triplets in Bach’s *Orgelbüchlein*

In the following piece from J.S. Bach’s Orgelbüchlein, the nearly constant triplet line seems to be incorrect: The time signature is 3/2, but there are 9 eighth-note triplets per measure rather than ...
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What do the numbers 2 & 3 mean (duplet/tuplet/finger indication?) in this first bar of a song?

I was looking for a simple anime song piece where I encounter this piece whose first bar does not make sense to me (I uploaded the first bar picture ). Especially what is meant by 2 and 3 at the top ...
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How to write a Swing Rhythm using tabs?

I'm tabbing out a song on bass, which consists partly of a swing rhythm. I'm wondering how to properly convey a swing rhythm (or more generally, triplets) using tabs. Here is the part as I've written ...
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How to create nested tuplets in MuseScore

When I created nested tuplets in Musescore, there was always a connected line between notes that I couldn't delete. How can I do to remove them. (Redundant lines are underlined in red in the detached ...
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How to apply Tuplets properly?

1. About Quadruplet. A quadruplet is a note-grouping of 4, played in the length of 3 of its note-type (4:3). But I'm wondering can we use the quadruplets spanning less and more than 3 notes (ratios ...
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A "triplet" with 4 notes in LPX

I'm trying to sequence a piece of sheet music that has two quarter notes followed by two eighth notes; all four notes are tied together using a tuplet bracket (written as a triplet). How can this ...
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How to rewrite this rhythm from common time to 12/8 time?

How might one go about rewriting the following rhythm into a time signature of 12/8? I initially figured we could just notate each set of beamed eighth-notes with 4:6 above them to indicate that four ...
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How would I play these triplets?

I’m finding it really hard to play these triplets. Also any tips on how to overall count these bars as I’m struggling to count it as a lot of the rhythm doesn’t fall on the beat and I get confused. It ...
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Feeling eighth note quintuplets

Many of my favorite really complicated songs have these quintuplets in them (5 equally-spaced notes in the space of a quarter note), yet I can't seem to "feel" these 5-note subdivisions. I have no ...
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Notating two against three in 3/4 time

I've read a lot of material on various forums. Question: when notating two beats against three beats in 3/4 time. Obvious solution is simply two dotted eighth notes. Or quarter note tied to an eighth ...
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How to interpret the '3' notation underneath the first two quavers?

I'm trying to adapt a guitar piece to the piano. The piece, shown here, is in 3/4. I've never seen this bit of notation before and I initially thought it was the indicator telling you to play 3 notes ...
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