Lesson 10: Triplets

What are Triplets?

Triplets occur where three evenly spaced notes are played in a space which would normally hold two notes. In drumming, triplets are commonly used to create fills with an off-beat feel.

Here’s an example of a triplet fill. This is one and three-quarter bars of a drumbeat followed by a one beat of triplet fill:

Note: Triplets cannot be played with the Quantize Input setting set to ‘Record’ or ‘Play/Rec’ as the individual notes will be snapped to the nearest 1/8th or 1/16th note. To finger drum triplets, set the Quantize Input setting to ‘None’.

When using triplets, you do not have to use all three notes. Here’s an example of the same triplet fill with the second snare hit removed:

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