Today I made the first video in a new series called “Quicktips”. These tutorials will teach a single skill or technique in MuseScore and are based on questions that are most frequently posted on Youtube, or here on the MuseScoreTips site. I have a few more planned, but if there’s something specific you’d like to see in a video, let me know in the comments section below.
By the way, if you’ve been watching the MuseScore in 10 Easy Steps series, you’ll know that 9 of the 10 videos have been completed. I haven’t forgotten about number 10 – it will be out soon too.
Video transcript below.
Hello and welcome to a Quicktips video. I thought today I’d just talk a little bit about creating triplets in MuseScore because it’s something that I’m asked really frequently, so let’s take a look at how it’s done. I’ll give a couple of different examples.
I’ve got a score here and I want to add a triplet into the last beat of this bar here, so I’m going to select the rest and press N for note entry.
Now the trick with triplets is that you need to tell MuseScore the total rhythmic value of the triplet that you want to enter. In this case for me, the total rhythmic value is a crotchet (quarter note) because I want to have 3 quaver notes (eighth notes) as the triplet, so I need to make sure that it’s selected on the toolbar at the top. And it already is, so the next thing I need to do is press Control+3, or Command+3 if you’re on a Mac and the triplet bracket appears and I’ve got some rests where I can enter my notes.
So the last thing to do is to enter the letter names of the notes that you want to make up your triplet, and I’m going to do that just be using the letter names on my keyboard. When you’ve finished entering the notes, press escape a couple of times.
Let’s do one more example: in the next bar I’ll create a triplet which is made up of 3 crotchet notes. So to get started once again, I’ll select the bar and press N for note entry and this time the total rhythmic value of my triplet is going to be a minum, so I’ll select that from the toolbar at the top, press Contrl+3 or Command+3 on a Mac and my triplet bracket appears and I can enter the notes as I did before.
I hope that clears up any confusion about entering triplets in MuseScore and thanks for watching!