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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 Thou shall not F*** up the groove Supporting Member

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    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

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    it is like 4 beat with three 8th note per beat.
  3. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Thou shall not F*** up the groove Supporting Member

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    Okay but does mean that they are triplets at all time?
  4. pfox14

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    Say what?
  5. mimaz

    mimaz Gold Supporting Member

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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.
  6. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Thou shall not F*** up the groove Supporting Member

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    OH yes, I'm sorry.. mixed that up :p
  7. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Thou shall not F*** up the groove Supporting Member

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    Nothing, messed up a little bit ;)

  8. Latitude94941

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    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.
  9. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Thou shall not F*** up the groove Supporting Member

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    Thanks for that, Latitude94941. I will take a look at it :)
  10. adamnitti

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    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
  11. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Thou shall not F*** up the groove Supporting Member

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

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