Triplets and Dotted Notes & Rests
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Triplets:

A triplet is taking 3 notes of the same value and playing them evenly over the space of time usually given to 2 notes of that same value.

Example 1:
A quarter-note triplet would be three quarter notes played in an even timing over 2 beats (the time usually given to only 2 quarter notes).

Example 2:
A half-note triplet would be three half notes played in an even timing over 4 beats (the time usually given to only 2 half notes).

Triplets are easy to recognize on the staff because they will have a horizontal bracket with the number "3" grouping the three notes, rests or a combination of both.

Examples of triplets:

Half-Note Triplets:

Quarter-Note Triplets:

Eighth-Note Triplets:

Sixteenth-Note Triplets:

Dotted Notes & Rests:

Often, when reading music, you'll come across a note immediately followed by a small dot. The dot signifies that the preceding note is equal to the sum of it's own value, plus half it's value.

Not only can notes have a dot, but also rests may be dotted as well. The dot signifies the same thing for a rest as it does for the note. A dotted rest would equal the sum of it's own value, plus half it's value.

Example 1:
A dotted half note would equal three beats; the sum of it's value (two beats) plus half it's value (one beat).

Example 2:
A dotted quarter note would equal one and a half beats; the sum of it's value (one beat) plus half it's value (half of a beat).

Examples of Dotted Notes & Rests:

A Dotted Half Note:

A Dotted Quarter Note:

A Dotted Quarter Rest:

Course Map:

Introduction | Course Directory | The Staff | Lines, Spaces and Ledger Lines | Flash Cards I: Learning the Notes | The Fret Board | Reading Exercises On Each String | Note and Rest Values | Time Signatures | Rhythm Exercises, Part I | Triplets and Dotted Notes & Rests | Rhythm Exercises, Part II | Flash Cards II: Rhythm Values | Ties | Rhythm Exercises, Part III | Simple Melodies | Course Conclusion

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