How To Create Triplets in MuseScore [Video]

How To Create Triplets in MuseScore [Video]

Posted on 11. Feb, 2011 by in How-To Videos, Quicktips

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.

Video Transcript

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!

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8 Responses to “How To Create Triplets in MuseScore [Video]”

  1. Charles R.Hoyt

    04. Apr, 2011

    Hi Katie,Thank You for showing the How To video of Tripets.However I still have a problem with it.I am writing my first classical type song but I need to create a bolero type rhythm with the chords of the violins.Can you show me how this is done? Any sugguestions you may have is deeply appreciated.
    Thank You Katie for “MuseScore” I think it is wonderful.This is my first time trying to be creative and doing arranging and orchestration.I also look forward to your newsletter.I haven’t received any as of yet.Please write me back.Once I know what I am doing I believe I will get the bug for Musescore.

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    • Katie Wardrobe

      18. Apr, 2011

      Hello Charles!
      Firstly – my apologies for the delay in replying. I can’t claim responsibility for the creation of MuseScore itself – it’s the work of Werner Schweer and others – but I like to provide training and tutorials to support the project. Regarding the bolero rhythm – it might be best to post the question on the MuseScore forum because you can upload a score there. It’s a little difficult to help without more information or seeing the score, but it sounds to me as though you would need a crotchet followed by a group of 3 quaver triplets.

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  2. Aparna

    05. Aug, 2011

    Thank you so much for the quick tip on triplets, it was the only thing I was struggling to figure out. And now my piece will be perfect :)

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  3. chris

    25. Mar, 2012

    How do I change the first of a group of triplets to a rest instead of a note ?

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  4. anthony lordi

    28. Apr, 2012

    Noted a measure with a key change(toD) and a Gclef somehow appeared in the center of my score. I tried deleting it by selecting and deleting, both with and without the N notation. Even double clicking didn’t help. How should I delete the unwanted clef and key in the middle of a measure line? anthony

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  5. Janice

    03. Jun, 2012

    Great difficulty making quarter-note triplets when they are tied to a half note in the previous bar. 4/4 time. I can do the first 3 quarter note triplets then next is a 1/2 note tied to a 1/4 note which is part of the next triplet. Please help!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Lee

    08. Jul, 2013

    How does one notate a half note and a quarter note in a triplet rhythm, as in three quarter notes, the first two of which are tied? Thanks!

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