Interesting Rhythm

• May 9, 2024 - 01:22

Hey everyone, so three and a half years ago someone gave me this screenshot of a couple measures off of the Musescore website:

interesting rhythm.png

I've been trying to figure out how this got made, because it seems like there's some sort of error in the first measure. I tried re-creating it myself and it looks like this:

error in rhythm.PNG

I don't remember the name of the piece anymore, and the other person and I are no longer on speaking terms. Just wanted to know how the first image was made.


In reply to by underquark

I've been trying to understand this one for two days and I finally got it into my thick skull.

If OP wants it to match the original, they want to set a 5:4 tuplet, which will be dotted 8th notes (because there are 4 dotted 8th notes in a bar of 3/4 and the music wants 5 notes). If they want it to be more readable (at least in your and my opinion :-), they want to use a 5:3 tuplet, which will be quarter notes (because there are 3 quarter notes in that same 3/4 measure).

In either case, the rhythm is the same: the dotted half note (the full length of a measure of 3/4) divided into 5 equal notes.

I kept thinking that the two tuplets would have slightly different rhythms. I finally got it when I realized that the same total amount of time (1 measure) is divided into 5, whichever way it's displayed.

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