# Appearance of triplets

• Dec 11, 2019 - 01:31

Hi everyone! Is there a way to make all triplets in a score look like the one on the right?

It's driving me crazy. Thank you.

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Without additional information, the note group on the right isn't tuplet at all, it's just plain dotted quaver and semiquaver notes.

In reply to by Howard-C

It is a triplet. The first note is twice as long as the second (2:1 ratio). I have triplets all over the score, but the notes are not grouped. Is there a way to make them look like the example? Also, I don't need the '3' for all the triplets.

In reply to by williamfox222

The one on the right is not 2:1 at all, it's 3:1 - a dotted eighth is 1.5 times as long as an eighth, which is to say, the equivalent of three sixteenths. So, not a triplet at all. These are two different rhythms, written two different ways,

Just to clarify, this is how the notes look right now. Maybe it's just me, but I don't feel comfortable.

In reply to by williamfox222

I still don't understand what you are complaining about. In the first picture you attached in the original post, the first two notes form a tuplet and it has the same appearance of the tuplets shown in your second screenshot, but the last two notes are not a tuplet, they are a dotted quaver note and a semiquaver note which have 3:1 duration ratio.

In reply to by Howard-C

Sometimes a dotted 8th + 16th combo represents a triplet and is played as a quarter + 8th note. Someone who knows what I'm talking about will understand my question. Thank you.

In reply to by williamfox222

According to my experience in classical music reading/performing/composing/arranging, I've never seen this kind of interpretation and I'm 99% sure you get something wrong here. So if you would be so kind to explain more in detail why are you interpreting an apparent pair of 3:1 notes as 2:1 notes inside a tuplet, maybe I can find out what did I or you misunderstand.

In reply to by williamfox222

Writing and playing 8th + 16th combo as a triplet is an old and common error; unfortunately these two do not replace each other.

It is the right choice to write in regular eighths and put the "Swing" annotation (text) at the beginning.

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