# notating 5:2 phrase

• Oct 2, 2014 - 16:32

I am trying to notate a 5:2 polyrhythm, but MuseScrore is notating it as a 5:4 phrase when I select Notes -> Tuplet -> Quintuplet (see Example 1 on the attached .jpg image). The notation itself is correct, but the 5:4 relation should be a 5:2 relation.

If I instead select the phrase and go to Notes -> Tuplets -> Other and manually enter a 5:2 relation, I get incorrect notation (see Example 2 on the attached .jpg image).

How do I label the polyrhythm in Example 1 with a 5:2 relation?

I am using MuseScore v.1.3 revision 5702; windows 7

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These relations are correct, 5 eighth notes in the space of 4 and 5 quarter notes in the space of 2

If, in the case of the 5:2 phrase in my previously attached example, we look at the underlying math, we should have beats 3 & 4 each made up of a quintuplet comprised of 16th notes. We would then play every 2nd beat. And we could reduce that to 8th's. So shouldn't the quarter notes in my 5:2 example (Example 2) actually be eighths?

You are misunderstanding the ratio.

5:2 doesn't mean 5 xx in the space of 2 beats.

5:2 means 4 notes in the space of 2, depending on which time value you have selected.

So if you have a quaver selected you will get 5 quavers in the space of 1 crotchet.

If you have a crotchet selected you will get 5 crotchets in the space of 1 minim.

In your case you want 5 quavers in the space of 4 ie 5 quavers in the space of 2 crotchets or one minim.

ChurchOrganist, your explanation isn't 100% clear to me. Do you have recommended reading so that I can better understand these types of relationships? I thought I understood it, but apparently not.