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Dividing into three
So far, all the rhythms we have looked at have four beats in the bar, with some of the beats divided into two. Now we are going to have a look at what happens when we divide a beat by three!
When a beat is divided into 3 you get a triplet. They have a different kind of feel compared to normal eighth notes (dividing a beat into two) and understanding them will help you find your blues groove.
They are usually written with the notes grouped together in threes and usually there is a ‘3’ written under them too, so they should be quite easy to recognise.
Put your metronome on, and try and say the ‘trip-let’ count shown above along with the beat, making sure that the ‘1, 2, 3 and 4’ stay right on the beat. This will get the feel of the triplet into your mind.
Playing triplets as a strumming pattern can be a bit tricky, so we are going to leave that for now, but we are going to use them next in Blues Rhythm: BC-156 • Rhythm Guitar Basics 3
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