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## Hot answers tagged tuplet

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### Unknown indication below upper stave

That is a duplet. It works like a triplet, but instead of playing three notes in the time of two, you play these two in the time of three. Another way to write this is by using dotted eights. But ...
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### How are very long tuplets in Romantic music played in practice?

They aren't necessarily supposed to be played with metronomical precision of the 13:8 ratio, but they are supposed to make up a homogeneous run with no unequal subdivision. In particular, there should ...
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### What is this "┌─3─┐" notation called? What is the count?

Those are simply triplets. Think of it as : But with the first two triplets tied: Which results in your notation: (since two eighths equal one quarter). If you wanted a more specific name for it, ...
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### Unknown indication below upper stave

The dotted minim/half in the lower stave shows that 6 quavers/eights fit. So the "2" means "2 in the time of 3". It indicates an irregular group of notes; usually a higher number of notes have to be ...
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### Can a tuplet make notes longer?

This is fairly common in 6/8 time, for example. X: 1 T: Duplets in 6/8 M: 6/8 K: none V:V1 V:V2 %%score (V1 | V2) [V:V1][K:none clef=perc stafflines=1] BBB BBB | (2BB (2BB | [V:V2][K:none clef=perc ...
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### Five quarter notes in 4/4?

It is to do with the triplet. The three quarters are played in the time of two, so there are only four beats in the bar. Hope this helps!
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### Is it Possible to Write Straight Eights in 12/8

Yes it is possible. Similar to triplets, there are duplets which tell you 2 notes go where 3 use to. Similarly to triplets you would group the eigth notes in two and put a two over there beams like ...
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### What do the numbers 2 & 3 mean (duplet/tuplet/finger indication?) in this first bar of a song?

The 2 is a fingering notation; the 3 is over the middle and in a different font and size, so I can tell that the 3 is the indication to play a triplet (and the measure only adds up for a triplet). So ...
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### Time signature inconsistent

The notes in the upper staff are tuplets. As an aid towards your eventual goal, here is some sample code to create what you're looking for: \version "2.19.82" musicA = \relative c' { \key cis \...
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### What time signature should I use with partial triplets?

You can notate the measure as (1-1/3)/4, but the better solution would be to notate the first measure as 12/8 and the second as 4/8. 12/8 is understood by convention as 4 groups of three eighth notes. ...
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### What time signature should I use with partial triplets?

Where are the accents, and is this meant to be a polyrhythm? You have 16 actual notes in your sample notation. That would fit into 4/4 time with the groupings of three forming a polyrhythm. This kind ...
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### How would I play these triplets?

Oh, goodness. Please, for your own sake, find another version of this. No musician should ever have to play from something like this. It's likely this score wasn't created by a human (or at the very ...
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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?

In piano music (at least) it fairly common to write in 4/4 time with all triplets. This most frequently happens when the melody itself is best expressed in 4/4, while the accompaniment, in triplets, ...
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### How to interpret the '3' notation underneath the first two quavers?

It's definitely a mess; there are a couple of notational aspects that suggest the person that did this is not well-versed in notational norms. Listening to the recording on the website you listed in ...
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### lilypond - hide tuplet numbers

If you want to get rid of anything in Lilypond, two commands can make themselves useful: \hide and \omit. Both of them get a parameter telling what should be got rid of — in this case, a TupletNumber. ...
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### Number of beats doesn't match time signature - how to play this?

Each bar (measure) would be the same length time-wise. Like it is in almost every piece. Your calculations have been thrown because there is a tuplet in the first bar. The bracket with a number 5 is ...
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### Is a sixteenth note quintuplet worth 4 sixteenth notes? If so, why is this wrong?

This music is from Chopin's Etude Op. 10, No. 9 in F minor. Chopin correctly uses eighth note quintuplets to fit 5 notes into the space of 3 eighth notes. Additionally, later in the piece, he uses ...
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### What does the double 3s mean in these patterns?

Let me focus on the first rhythm only: The sixteenth triplet takes the place of an eighth note, which together with the quarter note sits in a triplet. Thus, the quarter takes up 2/3rds of a ...
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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?

If you look further in the score, you will notice sixteenth notes in the melody (dotted rhythm, strictly speaking). Notating or reading this in 6/8 would be much more awkward. Compare clarity of the ...
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### How to notate a "softened" dotted rhythm?

Sorry, but "I don't like the way it looks" isn't a reason to avoid an established convention and substitute something that means something else. Yes, there are pieces that are full of those ...
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### Time signature inconsistent

The notes on the treble clef are triplets. That's all.
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### How to interpret in swing a 16th triplet followed by an 1/8 note?

The second E and the C of the triplet on the third beat are purely ornamentation. Try playing the phrase without them, you'll find that you'll automatically swing those two notes. Then try to fit the ...
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### What's this symbol in the picture (a line across three notes with a '3' in the middle of the line)?

It's a triplet. It means that you should play the three notes indicated in the amount of time that you would normally take to play two. This means that the three crotchets/quarter notes take the ...
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### Five quarter notes in 4/4?

as addition, here is a simple score example to illustrate the counting of 3 quarter triplets against straight quarter counting in a 4/4 time signature: in your special case the rhythm would be as ...
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### Notating lilypond triplet inside of slur

The closing parenthesis has to be attached to some note, not an expression, and the tuplet is an expression. This works by writing it right after the last note of the tuplet: e8( d \tuplet 3/2 { b16 ...
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### Trouble Understanding Triplets

It's not a question of 2+2+2=4, though you're on the right track. The idea of a triplet is that you have three notes squeezed into the area that two notes normally take up. So if you have triplet half ...
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