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Triplets in Rufus Reid's Evolving Bassist

Discussion in 'Jazz Technique [DB]' started by davidsbass, Jun 26, 2012.


  1. davidsbass

    davidsbass

    Dec 5, 2010
    I've been having trouble playing quarter note triplets that are preceded by two eighth note triplets. In the particular excercise Im working on, the first two beats are eighth note triplets and the second to beats are quarter triplets. I find myself not playing the last two beats evenly. This is very frustrating, can anyone help me out?
     
  2. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    The rhythm you are describing reminds me of:

    I like to be in America!
    O.K. by me in America!
    Ev'rything free in America
    For a small fee in America!


    :D
     
  3. playbass0410

    playbass0410

    Feb 8, 2008
    Well, I think this may be confusing as America is a two bar 6/8 3/4 mixed meter.
    What actually works (to me) is to stay in the eight note triplet feel, as it is quite easy to place three even beats on a quarter.
    Stay away from the bass and clap to the metronome:
    1-2-3 1-2-3
    ^____^
    or
    1-2-3 4-5-6
    ^____^
    Now start to pronounce:
    1-2-3 4-5-6
    ^ ___^
    Think 1-*-3-*-5-*.

    Continuously clap the unpronounced notes quiter an quiter until you can stop to clap them - there you are!

    1-3-5.

    Now try to clap the pattern together with the two preceeding eight note triplets until it works ok.

    Now grap your bass again and play to the metronom until it still works.
     
  4. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    Forget about the 6/8 3/4 meter marking and simply clap the rhythm. It's the same, as you've indicated:

    1-2-3 4-5-6-1-2-3 4-5-6
     
  5. Beginner Bass

    Beginner Bass

    Jul 8, 2009
    Round Rock, TX
    A&R, Soulless Corporation Records
    I think of that in one of a few ways:

    1 la li 2 la li 3 la li 4 la li

    or

    1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 1 2 1 2

    What's important is that you keep those triplet-eighth sudivisions running.

    1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 1 2 1 2
    1 la li 2 la li 3 la li 4 la li
     
  6. Anonymatt

    Anonymatt

    Jan 3, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Make sure you practice the preceding pages of simpler stuff for long enough. Make sure you can tap and sing 3-over-2 when listening to music.

    Are you starting this material at 40bpm like he says?
     

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