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Introduction

Beats and Measures

Time Signature

Note Value

Dotted Notes and the Tie

Rests

Values Shorter Than a Beat

Eighth and Sixteenth Notes

Eighth-Note and Sixteenth-Note Rests

Triplets

Beat Unit

Simple and Compound Meters

Reading Musical Notes

An Example

Accidentals

Key Signatures

Keyboard Notes

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Intervals

Scales

Chords

Harmonic Functions

Musical Forms

Related Exercises:

Rhythmic Dictation

Clef Reading

Time Signature

Key Signature Construction

Key Signature Identification

Triplets

To this point, we have only subdivided each beat in two or four equal parts. However, it is also possible to divide a beat in three equal parts, with the use of triplets. Triplets are notated by writing the number 3 above the group of notes that will form the triplet. Note how, as in the second example, we can join two of the eighth notes that are part of the triplet, forming a quarter note inside the triplet:



Translated by Dan Román, English version revised by Sue Talley

© 2011 J. Rodríguez Alvira

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