# COUNTING TRIPLETS

### This lesson should simplify counting all type of notated Triplets, from Quarter notes to Sixteenth notes.

### We will start with basic Eight notes first.

### Each group of three notes, connected by a beam is called a triplet. The number three over the note, indicates this. Each triplet is equal to one beat. There are four beats in each measure.The counting for the triplets is,one-trip-let,two-trip-let,three-trip-let,four-trip-let.(SEE EXAMPLE 2)

### Practice all triplets on one hand, then on other hand, then alternate hands

### Next will be the Quarter note triplet. This takes the place of two beats. Then two quarter note triplets, will take the place of 4 beats, or one measure.(EXAMPLE 3)

### One quarter note is equal to 2 eight notes. There are 12 eights in one measure, and 6 quarter notes. The count for quarter note triplets, is the same as for Eight note triplets. See (EXAMPLE 4)

### SIXTEENTH NOTE TRIPLETS: Six sixteenth's are equal to one quarter note.The count for the first six notes is:One-Trip-Let-And-Trip-Let. This is the first beat, and quarter note.(Example 6)

### When grouping 2 sets of triplets, a 6 may be placed over the group. See example 6 and 7.

### Tap foot to each beat, keep triplets even. That is fit each group to beat.(see example 7)

### Short groups of sixteenths and eight notes, are called four stroke ruffs. They are counted One-Trip-Let-And etc.(see example 8)

### Example 9 shows four stroke ruffs on the Off Beat.

### The last example shows both eight note triplets, and sixteenth note triplets.

# Here is a Study using Triplets, Four Stroke Ruffs, 10 Stroke Ruffs, and Seven Stroke Ruffs.

### Hope you have fun counting triplets.Will have some Hand Studies, to develope technique, using triplets, soon.

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