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Duplets

Definition of the duplet

A duplet is a tuplet that permit to divide the beat (or more than 1 beat) by 2 in compound meters.

The rule is: A duplet can put 2 notes in the equivalent of 3. Or more exactly, A duplet can put 2 notes of equal length in the equivalent of the duration of 3 notes of equal length.

The most famous duplet: The eighth note duplet united states of america (quaver duplet united kingdom)

Below is an eighth note duplet united states of america (quaver duplet united kingdom):

eighth note duplet, quaver duplet

With an eighth note duplet united states of america (quaver duplet united kingdom), you can performed 2 eighth note (quaver) in the equivalent of the duration of 3 eighth note (quaver), so you can divide a beat by 2 in a compound meter time signature.

Example with the famous Clair de Lune from Claude Debussy:


Quarter note duplet united states of america (Crotchet duplet united kingdom)

Example of quarter note duplet united states of america (crotchet duplet united kingdom):


Sixteenth note duplet united states of america (Semiquaver duplet united kingdom)

Example of sixteenth note duplet united states of america (semiquaver duplet united kingdom):


Half note duplet united states of america (Minim duplet united kingdom)

Example of half note duplet united states of america (minim duplet united kingdom):


Duplets and rests

Duplets can contains rests, like in this example:

Duplets and rests


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