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Got a question about 12/8 timing

Discussion in 'Ask Adam Nitti' started by Thomas Kievit, Jan 17, 2014.


  1. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Supporting Member

    May 19, 2012
    Hello Adam, I have a small question about 12/8 timing.

    I'm not really well known with this, so could you explain how this works and tell me if you play a song automaticly in triplets with this kind of time signature?
     
  2. Clef_de_fa

    Clef_de_fa

    Dec 25, 2011
    Canada
    it is like 4 beat with three 8th note per beat.
     
  3. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Supporting Member

    May 19, 2012
    Okay but does mean that they are triplets at all time?
     
  4. pfox14

    pfox14

    Dec 22, 2013
    Say what?
     
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  6. mimaz

    mimaz

    Mar 1, 2005
    Wheeling WV
    Disclosures:
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    I'm pretty sure that the term you are meaning is triplets, not triads. (Triads are 3 note chords.)

    To answer your question, you could count this in 4...

    1-trip-let, 2-trip-let, etc...(probably most common)

    Or you could actually count it 12, or even in 2...these choices may often be a function of the tempo.
     
  7. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Supporting Member

    May 19, 2012
    OH yes, I'm sorry.. mixed that up :p
     
  8. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Supporting Member

    May 19, 2012
    Nothing, messed up a little bit ;)

     
  9. Hi, Thomas,

    In 12/8, there are 12 8th notes per measure, most often with a triplet feel (four sets of 8th note triplets).

    The drummer will usually be playing the triplets on their ride or hi-hats. Snare on 2 and 4.

    Lots of examples to listen to in slow blues and southern soul, but one example I was just listening to that should give you an idea of how this works is on "Sweet Little Angel" by Buddy Guy on the album "A Man and his Blues."

    Have fun.
     
  10. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Supporting Member

    May 19, 2012
    Thanks for that, Latitude94941. I will take a look at it :)
     
  11. adamnitti

    adamnitti

    Nov 29, 2001
    Hi Thomas, I am a little late to the thread, but it looks like our friends up here already pointed you in the right direction. As was mentioned before, 12/8 feels very much like a triplet-based 4 feel. The best way to understand is to hear it in context. here's an example i just found on youtube:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PzyEtQypYA
     
  12. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Supporting Member

    May 19, 2012
    Thanks for the reply, Adam. And no need to apologize, you have a busy life ;)
     



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