To this point, we have only subdivided each beat into two or four equal parts. However, it is also possible to divide a beat into three equal parts, with the use of triplets. Triplets are notated by writing the number 3 above the group of notes that will form the triplet. Note how, as in the second example, we can join two of the eighth notes that are part of the triplet, creating a quarter note inside the triplet:
Translated by Dan Román, revised by Sue Talley.