# COUNTING TRIPLETS

### 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) ### 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) ### PRACTICE TIP for(EXAMPLE 5)Left hand plays Eights, Right Hand plays Quarter note triplets. Count out loud: One-trip-let, two-trip-let, Three-trip-let, Four-trip-let ### 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. ### 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. Go To Index