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What does this 3 mean? Does it just mean is played as a triplet?

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Exactly.


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I've noticed that sometimes they don't even write it, at least not through the whole piece, so you have to count yourself and see if everything adds up or not - should it be triplets or not.
Just like pedal is often implied, and so on.
Always something to look out for when checking new pieces out wink

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If that’s the case then why don’t they just write it as a triplet instead of a crotchet ? Weird but ok.
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Not sure what you mean. If you would write it as a triplet (with three quavers) then you would need to press the key three times. Those triplets with the crotchet mean you need only two keypresses. One being twice as long as the other. And in total being as long as a crotchet (one beat).


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Originally Posted by Prestzie
If that’s the case then why don’t they just write it as a triplet instead of a crotchet ? Weird but ok.
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They have written it as a triplet.

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Though we don't see the time signature, looking at the bass chord there are 4 beats. If they weren't triplets, then you would have 5 beats in the treble.

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I’m confused. The number 3 above the notes has one crotchet, 2 quavers, then one crotchet. What is the note value for them?

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Originally Posted by Prestzie
I’m confused. The number 3 above the notes has one crotchet, 2 quavers, then one crotchet. What is the note value for them?

There are 2 triplets, each of them has the duration of one crotchet (one quarter note). The quarter note in the triplet has the value of 2 thirds of a regular quarter, and the 8th note one third. Since you are in 4.4 as far as i can tell, you do have the equivalent of 4 quarters in the bar.


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I’m confused. The number 3 above the notes has one crotchet, 2 quavers, then one crotchet. What is the note value for them?

There are 2 triplets, each of them has the duration of one crotchet (one quarter note). The quarter note in the triplet has the value of 2 thirds of a regular quarter, and the 8th note one third. Since you are in 4.4 as far as i can tell, you do have the equivalent of 4 quarters in the bar.
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