Can you use swing on triplets

• Sep 19, 2021 - 03:04

Can you use swing on 8th note triplets or can you only use it on normal 8th notes?


Not sure what it would mean to switch a triplet. It's something I've encountered in the real world, but if there is a style of music that does define a meaning for this that would be understood by other musicians, we could certainly adding support for it. We'd just need to understand what the expected result would be.

That's a good question.

I. too. am not sure what it would mean to switch, swatch, swag, swig, or even swing a triplet ;-)
I don't think I've ever encountered it.

Considering triplets and swing...
Often this notation is used to indicate swing:

Since it implies some kind of a relationship between swing and triplets, (a 67/33 swing ratio applied to eighth notes can, in fact, mimic a quarter + eighth note triplet), I grapple with the meaning of swinging a triplet. Sort of like asking: how can one swing swing?.

Anyway, regarding swing and triplets, I was motivated to update an example I had:
While it doesn't use swing on triplets, it shows how swing is related to triplets.
Please note that MuseScore's playback allows adjustable swing ratios (for shuffle, boogie woogie, etc,) so although two swung eighth notes can be "tripletized" to a 67/33 ratio, playback is not restricted to only that ratio..

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