When Composing, How Do You Notate a Single Note With the Length of a Triplet, but not Followed by Another Triplet Note?

• Jun 8, 2014 - 03:24

Basically by this, I'm asking how you write a singular triplet note, not followed by the next two triplet notes in the set. For instance, have a time signature of 4 1/3 over 4 (four and one triplet over four, so four quarter notes and one note the value of 1/3 of a quarter note), how would you notate/write the singular quarter-note "triplet" note?

Also, this doesn't have to apply to Musescore alone, I just mean in general regarding any form of composition/music writing.


While fractional time signature have been used, that isn't how you'd normally notate this, and in any event. MuseScore doesn't support it. Instead of 4+1/3 / 4, you'd notate it as 13/8. The idea being that 12/8 is four groups of 3, so 13/8 is four groups of three with one note left over. By default, MuseScoure would beam all eighths together in this time signature, but then you could break the beam wherever you wanted using the Beam Properties palette. Eg, click the fourth eighth note, double click the "Start beam" icon, then do the same for the seventh, tenth, and thirteenth note.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Right, I understand that, I've had experience with fractional time from listening to songs such as "Upstart" by Don Ellis, however what I'm trying to go for is a different type of notation and reading all together, where you consider the 1/3 (one third) to be one third of a quarter note, so in a basic sense, the most literal reading of it. So going back to my main question, I was primarily asking how to write individual pieces of a triplet, that aren't connected.

For instance, in a different sense, take a 3/4 time measure and play quarter note triplet note, standard quarter note, quarter note triplet note, standard quarter note, quarter note triplet note, which would make the 3/4 bar complete, how would that be notated?

In reply to by sihplak

Asking "how would that be notated" implies there is a standard way of doing it. As I suggested, there isn't. If I needed to do what your new example suggests, and for whatever reason 9/8 wasn't an option, I'd do it with ties. If I understand your description correctly, it's this:


But I'd have to have a *really* good reason not to simply write this as 9.89, since 9.8 is clearly what is really going on if you are subdividing regularly into thirds.

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