# [EDIT: I misspoke and figured out my problem. Thanks for the help!] I need to make a duplet in a 6/8 measure.

• Mar 26, 2024 - 06:49

Example: I have an eighth note, a quarter note, and then I need two more quarter notes to fill the remaining 3 eight counts of the measure.
I have included a picture, but it tells me I have too many beats in the measure. I don't understand. I followed another post about a similar issue in 9/8 and it got angry and I couldn't follow. Please help! Explain it to me like I am a kindergartener. Thanks!!!

> but it tells me I have too many beats in the measure
Probably you've used the insert mode. Avoid this, it is only for very special cases.

I don't see how you can have a duplet of two quarter notes in the space of dotted quarter. But this is possible:

Note: it doesn't have to be rests like in my picture, existing notes will work. Only their duration must be correct.

I figured it out, finally! I needed to use a quadruplet and then notate the quarter notes. Thanks for helping me get to my epiphany! Now I just need the bracket to show 2 instead of 4.

In reply to by S. Elizabeth Carroll

Hum not really.
As others have mentioned two notes in the space of 3 you need a duplet of 1/8 notes, not of 1/4 which would be wrong and misunderstood by readers of your score.
Just follow the suggestion in the post hereabove showing the duolet picture, that is the correct way to handle this.

Unless you have a specific reason for choosing that notation (like trying to reproduce exactly some existing score), have you considered just notating the "duplet" as two dotted eighth-notes? Easier to input, and (I feel) easier to read.

DON'T use quadruplets! It sounds like one or the other measures in my example score is what you want.

Duplet over three 8th notes (See measure 3 in the example):

N ----------- enter note entry mode
5 . ---------- set note duration to dotted quarter, that is, three 8th notes (That is a "FIVE" then a "PERIOD")
CTRL+2 --- creates the duplet

Then enter the letter names for the two notes.

Creating the duplet over the entire measure (see measure 5 in the example) is almost the same

N ----------- enter note entry mode
6 . ---------- set note duration to dotted half, that is, three quarter notes (That is a "SIX" then a "PERIOD")
CTRL+2 --- creates the duplet

Then enter the letter names for the two notes.

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