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posted: 7/25/2007 at 9:25:32 PM ET
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If for example music is written in 4/4 time and a measure has a half-note followed by 3 quarter-notes connected by a bracket above them, how would those notes be played? I maintain the three bracketed notes should be played as though they were each a "1/6" note (1/3 the value of a half-note), in even tempo. My "adversary" says they should be played unevenly,as though they were written as, for example, a quarter note, a dotted eighth note, and a sixteenth note (or whatever adds up to two beats, to be determined by the reader ?????????) Who's right?

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posted: 7/28/2007 at 7:53:45 PM ET
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You are correct, sir. It is a triplet ( 3 evenly played notes in the space normally for 2 notes). Usually there will be 3 above the notes. It is not required. Tell your friend that if they are to played "unevenly" they must be written that way.

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