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  • #89331
    unknown-user
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    Hi Everyone, I seem to have run into some music with triplets and

    was wondering if there is an easy way to count them.

    #89332
    Evangeline Williams
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    When I took piano they taught us to sound them out like this “tri=ple=tee” or maybe it was “tri-pi-let”.

    #89333
    unknown-user
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    Chris, Just as there is a solmisation syllable (Do, Re, Mi, Fa, etc.) for notes of the scale, which are moveable into any key that you are working with, there are Rhythmic Reading syllables so that you can get the math correctly in measures of music. Quarter notes would be verbalized as “one, two, three, four” in a 4/4 measure. Eighth notes in such a measure would be

    #89334
    unknown-user
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    First of all, I want to thank all of you who emailed me about this problem.

    #89335

    The triplets at the end of the bar must be quarter notes with a 3 written underneath them,

    right? If you divide each of the 4 usual quarter notes into 3, that makes 12. Count all of

    the eighth notes triplets (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12). You will find that your last

    triplet falls on

    #89336
    Tacye
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    Or count two beats to a bar as though it were written in 2/2

    instead of 4/4 and for the first half of the bar play two notes to the

    beat, and for the second half three notes to the beat.

    #89337
    Evangeline Williams
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    maybe practice going from triplets back to quarter notes with just tapping on a table.

    #89338
    unknown-user
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    Rhythm is not math. It’s a feeling. You have to feel the pulse in your blood, in your bones. Counting out subdivisions helps with precision, but first, go dancing. Take ballroom, tap, flamenco, folk dance-especially Balkan. When you can dance to rhythms, you’ll be able to play them.

    #89339
    unknown-user
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    Hi Saul…How right you are!!!

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