Triplets Cliff Burton Style
I'm trying to learn "Battery"...I'm stuck on the intro :) Not the slow part of course.
I cannot get the triplets that kick in when the guitar starts into the main part of the song.
Any tips on how to develop three finger triplet rolls??
What I did was go R-M-I and build up speed.
Of course, thanks to Rock Band and the like, we know that Cliff didn't do the gallops :p
Start slow and find out what finger pattern is more natural to you. a lot of people do RMI some so IMR. I don't always use a three finger triplet but when I do I use the ring finger as an assist to my 2 finger technique so I do IMIRIM. Its strange but works for me.
Not sure if you are listening to the bass only track but this may help if not.
Do what you're comfortable with, and use a metronome at a slow speed to get the movement down.
For example, I'm more comfortable leading with my middle finger, so I'll run M->I->R. Whatever gets the job done.
The song isn't too fast once you get the motion down, so you can definitely use 2 fingers for the gallops and concentrate on getting those 2 fingers consistent and getting a tight pluck (a la Steve Harris). The Trooper served as a good warm-up for me when I was developing that 'cut through the mix' sound with 2, then 3 fingers.
Otherwise, if you want to work out 3-finger rolls, read anything by Alex Webster. He's a monster at the technique.
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