The Musical Triplet is the division of the time in three parts.
We already showed one example of how to count the time in 4 parts. This time, instead of counting until 4, we divide the time between two beeps of the metronome into 3 parts; this gives us the Musical Triplet. Playing notes in Triplets is nothing more than distributing notes thinking that the time is divided by three. For example, if these notes below (shown as 8th notes) were marked as Triplets (number 3 on top of the notes):
You should think this way: the natural division would be dividing a crotchet in 2 parts and each part would represent an 8th note. But as they are marked as Triplets, you must divide the Crotchet in 3 parts instead of 2 parts and each part will have the time of an “8th note Triplet”.
The same logic can be applied to all other musical figures. For example, a 16th note in Triplets is an 8th note divided in 3 parts instead of 2.
The Sextuplet is the same thing as a Triplet, but it must be divided into 6 parts instead of 3.
Therefore, now when you listen to the words “Triplet” and “Sextuplet” you know it means 3 notes per beat or 6 notes per beat.
In many video tutorials on internet, teachers use the terms “Triplet” and “Sextuplet” in solo demonstrations. Strictly speaking, the teacher who is showing a solo should say, in each case, whether it is a Triplet of an 8th note, 16th note, etc. When he doesn’t say anything, but “Triplet” or “Sextuplet”, you should understand that it is just a subdivision into 3 or 6 parts of the time (beats) that he is showing.
We strongly recommend that you practice the concepts that you’ve just learned about sheet music using Guitar Pro. Because in this software it is possible to write times and figures in the sheet music and listen to them. Without a reference, you will not know if you are correctly dividing the time of the rhythmic figures. Listening to the metronome is the best thing for practicing; writing some notes with different rhythmic figures and checking if you are playing then correctly with Guitar Pro. To master Triplets and Sextuplets, this is essential! This is a good tip!
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