Trouble with 4/4 to 12/8 Triplets

• May 15, 2019 - 23:20

I've been working on a piece in 4/4 that contains a large amount of triplets, so I've decided I want to change it into 12/8 to fit the time signature better. However, my triplets aren't converting into eighth notes, (I'm not sure if they can) and I'd like to know if there's any way i can avoid rewriting my composition.
The first image is my original composition, the second is what I'd like it to look like, and the third is what it looks like in Musescore. Any help would be great.

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You can't easily convert triplets to 8th notes, you would have to rewrite them. You can use a little bit of smoke and mirrors though.

In the sections that are logically 12/8, you can right click the 4/4 time signature and change the displayed time signature to 12/8. You can then select all of the measures affected and right click any of the triplet's 3s and choose select>All similar items in range selection. Then in the inspector (F8) set both the bracket and number to "None" This will give the appearance and playback of 12/8 time signature. This is one way to have mixed time signatures, so you can keep your Piccolo in 4/4 if you want.

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