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Numbers shown under bow direction on Star Wars Theme
There is a number shown under up-bow symbol.
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JohnBAngel
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June 14, 2020 - 8:38 pm
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Greetings all,

I am a newbie and practicing the Stars Wars Theme. At the very start of the piece, there is notation for down, up, down on the bow direction. Under the up-bow note there is a small number 3.

Can anyone tell me what the significance is for this number under the note?

Thanks so much for all of your assistance !

John B. Angel

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June 14, 2020 - 8:51 pm
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My guess, from Googling to see sheet mysicnfor it, is that it is showing triplets and the three count a 1 beat.

What I saw on a few sheet music pages for it was, in 4/4 time. There was the up and down bow. Where the “3” was, it was always over a triplet. All three together get one beat. That is what I think. You could say, 1 and a” to yourself to keep time, but I am pretty sure it is pointing out a triplet. 

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June 15, 2020 - 9:17 pm
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Thank you Cid,

That is what I thought, but have not seen it before.

I appreciate your help!

John

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You're welcome.

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