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Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Triplets

Sometimes motives involve three notes being played in the time of two. These are called triplets and they are written as shown in Figure 7.17:

In this case, the three triplet quavers would be equivalent to the value of one quarter note. As a technique, triplets are very useful—they can bring an element of variety to rhythms. Used in percussion on the hi-hat sixteenths, they can generate a sense of more pace as three sixteenths are being heard in the space of two (see Figure 7.18). This technique is often used in drum and bass and can be heard on Track 15 of the CD.

Figure 7.17. Notated triplets.

Figure 7.18. ...

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