A note divided into three smaller notes, which are played in the same period as the undivided note. In notation, a square bracket connects the three smaller notes over or under which the number “3” is written.

In triplets, lack of exactitude often arises from the uncertainty of whether the triplets should be played as exact triplets or as approximated triplets in 3-3-2 subdivision - which in practice depends on the rest of the music and is determined by the orchestra leader.1)
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eighth tripletquarter note3 eighths041.jpg
quarter triplethalf note3 quarters042.jpg


Taimane Gardner: Tutorial on the Triplet Technique on Ukulele

1) Utz Grimminger: Aspekte der Orchesterarbeit (2007), S. 8–9