quarter note triplet

• Jul 31, 2016 - 23:20

is it possible to create quarter note triplets in Musescore? Everytime I select triplet it creates eighth note triplets from the quarter note I have selected. If I select three quarter notes, it does not allow me to make a triplet.


In reply to by Isaac Weiss

Before you press Command 3 you selected the value of the triplets. If its quarter triplets you must put in a half note or half rest then press Command 3 and that will give quarter triplets. If it is 8th note triplets you select a quarter note or a quarter rest then press command 3 and it will give you the 8th note triplets.

Select the position you would like the 1/4 note triplet.
Select 1/4 duration.
Press Ctrl-3.

Result, triplets with 3 -1/8ths in the time of 2/8ths.

Vary as needed for other durations.


In reply to by step.leverton

All tuplets are created the same way:

1) select the *total duration* for the tuplet
2) press Ctrl+number to divde that total duration into the desired number of pieces

A quarter note triplet adds up to the same duration as a half note, and you want to divide it into three pieces. So, first select the half note duration (eg, from the toolbar, or by pressing the shortcut 6), then press Ctrl+3.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

I've had the same problem -- the issue could be a mismatch between the value of the item highlighted on the score and the value of the input selected via the toolbar or keypad. So, if I have been entering 3:2 quarter note triplets in one measure, then press ctrl+3 in the subsequent measure, MuseScore follows the toolbar selection rather than the duration of rest under the cursor.

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In reply to by Rockhoven

Another way of looking at is that you start by selecting a rest that has the same total duration that you want to end up filled by the triplet and then when you press CTRL-3 it gets divided into three equal rests. So in this case start with a half note and divide it into three equal parts that make up a quarter note triplet. This works for any - tuplet. Select a rest with the desired total duration and press CTRL and whatever number - tuplet you want to create.

The key, as explained in the Handbook, is to start by selecting the *total length* of the tuplet, not the length of one note within it. A quarter note triplet adds up to two beats, so that is why you start by selecting the half note.

The mistake that the OP made was to select “three [quarter-]notes.”   You should select one note that is of the duration that you desire for the entire tuplet ... not multiple notes.

The single note that you select will be replaced by an n-tuplet of identical duration.

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