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

1. ### bass_player_cdterminated.

Aug 21, 2000
OK
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:

G:17p16------16--------------------------------------------------------
D:-------17------17------17--17-----17-17-17-19--19-19-19---
A:-------------------17-------------____3___-----____3___------
E:---------------------------------------triplet-----------triplet---------

2. ### DarkMazda

Jun 3, 2000
NJ
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

DM

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!