# Notation Question

• May 6, 2024 - 01:49

Which of the two examples is easier to read? No other instruments are playing in this section except drums.

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I'm not a percussionist (I'm a violinist and pianist), but I think the second option (with the 8th note triples) is easier to read. They're not equivalent rhythms though, so I'd say just go with the one that sounds better to you.

Without the triplet markings there are at least five different ways to interpret that. I would say definitely include the triplets.

Without the triplet markings, it is simply a measure with 10 eighth notes.
* I could interpret it straight, as an unmarked measure of 5/4.
* I could interpret 1, 2, and 3 as a triplet and 4, 5, and 6 as another triplet.
* I could interpret 1, 3, and 3 as a triplet and 8, 9, and 10 as another triplet.
* I could interpret 3, 4, and 5 as a triplet and 6, 7, and 8 as another triplet.
* I could interpret 3, 4, and 5 as a triplet and 8, 9, and 10 as another triplet (which is I think the intended rhythm?)

These are the five I had thought of and, in actually writing them down, I've realized that there are quite a few more possibilities. I'll leave the rest of them to you.

It's 8 quavers (8th notes) per measure. So 4/4 (or 8/8 or 2/2 whatever).
There is no ambiguity, 2 different rhythms. The first straight, the second with a bit a swing by the use of triplets.

Thanks for all the replies.