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Please help!! What is a triplet??

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by bass_player_cd, Dec 8, 2000.

  1. bass_player_cd

    bass_player_cd terminated.

    Aug 21, 2000
    On the song Anesthesia Cliff Burton does a couple triplets. Can someone explain to me what that is and how to do it. the tab looks like this:


    Please help.
  2. DarkMazda


    Jun 3, 2000
    Triplet is 3 consecutive notes with all the same timing.. like Triplet 16ths... you play 17-17-17 with all the same speed. Its most likely pretty fast.. those 3 triplets.. its like putting 3 notes right next to eachother connected.. if your playing 8th notes through out the song.. most likely that 17-17-17 will be 3 16th notes connected.. with a 3 on it.. just play them in consecutive timing :)

  3. virtual.ray


    Oct 25, 2000
    To get a sense of what eighth note triplets(3 notes to a beat) should sound like,tap your foot 1 2 3 4 etc. and while tapping,say "One and a,Two and a,Three and a,Four and a" with the numbers falling simultaneously with your foot tap.
  4. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Triplets come in all varieties-1/4 note, 1/8 note, 1/16 note, etc.
    You can think it out by mathematically subdividing the beat, even writing it out(or think of a pie being divided into EQUAL 1/2s, 1/3s, 1/4s)-
    1)1/4 note triplets are THREE notes over TWO beats.
    2)1/8 note triplets(discussed above)are THREE notes over ONE beat.
    3)1/16 note triplets are THREE notes over a 1/2 beat.

    BTW, we're talking a 1/4 note getting a ONE count.

    Another thing: You don't have to have THREE notes for it to be a triplet...I was attempting to tell some pianist that it was a triplet she was attempting to play & she kept on & on about how it wasn't 3 notes. Well, you can have 1 or 2 of the notes tied or even a rest or two, right?

    Example: Typically 1/8 note triplets counted in 1 bar of 4/4
    /1&a2&a3&a4&a/=THREE EQUAL notes per beat, right?

    Now, suppose the rhythm is this-
    /1.a2.a3.a4.a/ or
    /1&.2&.3&.4&./ or
    /.&a.&a.&a.&a/ etc

    See, it's *STILL* THREE "notes"(actually, 2 notes + 1 REST
    or a tie...they are all divided EQUALLY into thirds over the ONE beat). It's about FEEL.

    Try practicing something where you're mixing it up between 1/8s, 1/16s, & triplets-
    /1.&.2&a3.&.4&a/ INVERT that figure, too.
    /1e&a2&a3e&a4&a/ INVERT that figure & make up your own!

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