Length of the Triplet Note-Grouping
- ♫ Hear Example #1: Eighth-note triplets span the length of two normal eighth-notes, or one quarter-note.
- ♫ Hear Example #2: Quarter-note triplets span one half-note.
- ♫ Hear Example #3: In 6/8 time, think of a measure as having three pairs of eighth-notes rather than having two sets of threes; this method makes it easier to find the triplet rhythm.
How to Count Triplets
Once you find your beat (in example #1 this is the quarter-note), count 1-2-3 2-2-3 3-2-3 4-2-3. You can also try the syllablized ‘trip-uh-let’ to catch your rhythm, or count one-trip-let, two-trip-let, and so on.