A triplet group’s total duration is equal to two of the original note-values contained within2. For example, an eighth-note triplet spans two eighth note beats (one quarter-note); a quarter-note triplet spans the length of a half-note; and so on:
- ♫ Hear eighth-note triplets in 4/4 time
Triplets occur on each quarter-note beat.
- ♫ Hear quarter-note triplets
Two groups of triplets fit in one measure of 4/4 time.
1 A triplet’s contents may not always appear equal; they can be modified in value, so long as the total length of the note-grouping remains intact; learn more:
- Understanding Piano Triplets, With Audio
Learn to read, count, and play both simple and complex triplets; with clear illustrations and audio examples.
See irrational rhythm.
- terzina (It)
- triolet (Fr)
- Triole (Ger)