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Put Some Triplets In Your Playing

Christopher Sung (9641) · [archive]
Style: Rock/Pop · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 180
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Using different kinds of rhythmic values can help propel your playing to the next level. If we look at a beat, we can divide it any number of ways. If we divide it in half, we get 8th notes, BUT if we divide it by 3, we get 8th note triplets. This means three notes per beat. By playing different patterns using triplets, we can get some interesting rhythmic lines happening.

For example, in the part below which is a simple blues scale in A, we play 8th notes in the 1st measure, but when we get to the 2nd measure, it sounds like we went into overdrive. Why? Because we used triplets, silly...
Put Some Triplets In Your Playing