Question: What are Ties and Triplets?
- A tie is a curved line that connects one note to the next note that has the same pitch. The second note is not played but its value is added to the first note. For example two quarter notes that are tied together will be held for 2 beats. Ties are also used when a note is too long that it travels to the next measure. Also, ties are used when the value of a note cannot be represented by only one note. This technique of using ties is called ligatura
Triplets - Triplets is a way of grouping notes together wherein the value of the original note is divided by three. For example when you divide a quarter note by three you get three eighth notes that are connected together. This is called eighth triplets. Triplets are indicated by a line above the notes with the number three. This means that the notes need to be equally spread across the beat so that they have the same duration. There are also quarter triplets, sixteenth triplets, etc.