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A Triplet is a group of three notes played to a single pulse. Thus, three eighth notes in the
form of a triplet (with the figure 3 over or under them), are equal to and are played in the time of
a quarter note. The subjoined table gives the triplets in common use, with the notes they equal.
In playing and counting them, they should be considered as equalling a single word with three syl-
lables, as-'Regular with the strong accent on the first note, the same as the first syllable.
When triplets are picked (not tremoloed), they are usually played down-up-down, each group being-
played in exactly the same manner. It is occasionally necessary to vary .this rule when crossing
strings or when the tempo is very rapid.
When two or more groups of triplets follow each other, there must not be the slightest break between
the groups, the succession of strokes being like the word "reg-u-Iar-reg--u-lar," in more than one sense.
The slur is sometimes used in connection with 3, but is not necessary.
Triplet Etude
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