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Chopbuilder Part I: Getting It Together

Jay McConnell (2030) · [archive]
Style: Basics · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12


Here's where we're at:

DIVISIONS OF THE MEASURE(BAR)
These represent the standard divisions of one bar of 4/4 time.
These divisions can be applied to all other meters.
Other divisions would be considered non-standard, such as a ratio type notation (5:4 - 5 in the space of 4) or several tied notes that imply more time than given in the chart. Anyways, if you want non-standard, see METRIC MODULATION, another exercise that I published here.

I'm only going to go up to 32nd notes because of the lack of playability in most situations, and if you get sixteenth notes then you can just keep subdividing if you're that fast. I'm sure not.

THIRTYSECOND NOTES - 32 per bar

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SIXTEENTH NOTE TRIPLETS -24 per bar
1 16th note triplet=1 eighth note

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SIXTEENTH NOTES - 16 per bar

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EIGHTH NOTE TRIPLETS - 12 per bar
1 eighth note triplet=1 quarter note
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EIGHTH NOTES - 8 per bar
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QUARTER NOTE TRIPLETS - 6 per bar
1 quarter note triplet=1 half note
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QUARTER NOTES - 4 per bar
This is where we count 1...2...3...4...
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HALF NOTE TRIPLETS -3 every bar
Hard to keep steady, this is a bar of 3 against a bar of 4.
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HALF NOTES - 2 every bar
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WHOLE NOTE - 1 every bar
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It's just like cutting up a block of anything in equal divisions. On the previous song, I just sat here with the guitar thinking about time divisions and triads. It's an 11-bar C minor blues thing, who knew?