Printable Rhythm Worksheets in Pdf File Part 7

Sixteenth notes and triplets combinations


Dear fellow musician,

Welcome back to our ongoing series of Printable Rhythm Worksheets,

where we delve into the world of musical rhythms and provide you with valuable resources to enhance your understanding and proficiency.

In this seventh installment, we’re about to embark on a rhythmic journey that combines two intricate and captivating elements: sixteenth notes and triplets.

Rhythm is the heartbeat of music, and mastering its intricacies is essential for any aspiring musician.

Whether you’re a budding drummer, a dedicated pianist, or a music enthusiast looking to deepen your understanding, this blog post is tailor-made for you.

In the previous parts of our series, we’ve explored various fundamental aspects of rhythm, from quarter notes to eighth notes, and beyond.

Each step has built a solid foundation upon which we’ll now construct a more intricate rhythmic structure.

Sixteenth notes and triplets, while seemingly complex at first, open up a world of creative possibilities in music.

This post will help you:

  • To grasp the essence of sixteenth notes and triplets.
  • Sharpen your rhythmic sight-reading by practicing the following exercise’s combinations between the two rhythmic patterns. 

Whether you’re a music teacher searching for teaching resources or a student seeking to master these rhythms, we’ve got you covered. 

This next printable sheet music exercise consists of Thirty-four bars focusing on combining the two rhythmic patterns in a way that is supposed to surprise you while you sight-read, thus developing your ability to tackle more advanced reading situations.

Moreover, you can also use this printable worksheet as a technique development exercise.

Note: Although is designed mainly to drive guitar players towards excellence, all musicians and musical instruments share the same rhythmic language regarding rhythm.

This is why drummers, bass guitar players, pianists, or even singers, for example, can improve their accuracy and benefit from our pdf rhythm worksheets and exercises.


If you feel this worksheet is too advanced for your level, feel free to go back to our free PDF download library to download and consolidate your rhythm reading with the previous, more basic six printable worksheets.

This is how the sixteenth notes and triplets exercise looks

(The Pdf download link is below the image).

This Is how the Sixteenth Notes And Triplets Sight Reading Worksheet looks like

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For those who are new to sixteenth notes or triplets, here’s a quick explanation:


What Are Sixteenth Notes and How To Play It?


Sixteenth notes are a subdivision of the beat that divides each beat into four equal parts. This means there are four sixteenth notes in the space of one beat.

They are denoted by a filled-in notehead with two flags (or beams) attached, making them easily recognizable on sheet music.

Notation of Sixteenth Notes

In standard musical notation, sixteenth notes are typically written with flags or beams connecting them.

When grouped, these notes can form short, rapid bursts of sound that contribute to the overall rhythm of a piece.

Counting Sixteenth Notes

Counting sixteenth notes can be a bit more intricate than counting whole or half notes, but it’s essential for mastering their rhythms.

When counting sixteenth notes, you can use a system that divides each beat into four parts, often using “one-e-and-a, two-e-and-a” for each beat in 4/4 time.


What Are Triplets and How To Play It?


Triplets are a special type of rhythmic division. They take a group of three notes and fit them into the space typically occupied by two of the same note value. In other words, triplets allow you to evenly divide a beat into three equal parts, creating a distinctive and lively rhythm.

Notation of Triplets

Triplets are notated using a bracket with the number “3” above or below it. This indicates that the three notes within the bracket should be played in the space of two regular notes of the same value.

For example, in 4/4 time, if you have a quarter note triplet, it means you play three-quarter notes in the time of two.

The Feel of Triplets

Triplets have a distinct feel compared to straight eighth or sixteenth notes.

They introduce a sense of swing and liveliness to music. Musicians often describe the feel of triplets as “trip-let, trip-let” or “one-and-ah, two-and-ah” when counting.

This feel adds an expressive and dynamic element to your music.

Tips for Practicing sixteenth notes and triplets

It’s essential to approach your practice with intention and dedication.

These tips will help you maximize the benefits of working with the above exercise.

1. Start Slow and Gradually Increase Tempo

Begin your practice at a comfortable tempo where you can play the rhythms accurately and with proper articulation. As you gain confidence, gradually increase the tempo. Consistent, gradual progress is key to mastering complex rhythms.

2. Use a Metronome

A metronome is your best friend when working on rhythmic precision. Set it to a slow tempo and practice your combinations. As your accuracy improves, increase the metronome’s tempo to challenge yourself further.

3. Isolate Problematic Sections

If you encounter challenging sections in your practice, isolate them and work on them separately. Slow the tempo down and focus on the specific transitions between sixteenth notes and triplets until they become smooth.

4. Count Aloud

Counting out loud as you play is an excellent way to reinforce your understanding of rhythm. Use the counting system that we discussed earlier (e.g., “1 e and a, 2-trip-let”) to ensure precise timing.

5. Accent Patterns

Experiment with accenting certain notes within your combined rhythms. This can add a dynamic and expressive touch to your music. Try accenting the first note of each triplet or the first note of each set of sixteenth notes, for example.


Final notes on this sixteenth Notes printable rhythm worksheet Pdf 

Practice reading this chart on one note only.
The guitarist should play it on the F note, which is found on the fourth string -third fret.
The bass player can think of it as the A note (bass clef) and read through the rhythm.

The drummer can practice this on the snare drum or closed hi-hats to produce the required duration.

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