# Triplets without actually having three notes

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Aaron Saunders, Aug 7, 2004.

1. ### Aaron Saunders

Apr 27, 2002
Ontario
I'm chugging along with my reading and whatnot, but I'm confused on a particular thing. In the intro to Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues, the first measure is Quarter Note-[eighth rest-eighth note-eight note]-quarter note -[quarter note-eighth note]. The parts in brackets are marked on the sheet so as to play them in triplets, but how does one play a triplet with only two notes -- the quarter note and eighth note one in particular (it's obvious with the first triplet). Is there a specific emphasis you put on these notes, or is it just to make reading the music easier by chopping it into little sections within each measure?

2. ### Jazzin'...Bluesin' and Funkin'

Here we go, just imagine the [quarter note-eighth note] as [(eighth note tied to eighth note)-eighth note]. Thats really what it is. Since the quarter note is really two tied eighth notes. Or it can be considered a "swinged" set of eighth notes. Swing meaning 2 eighth notes in the same beat next to eachother being played as [quarter note-eighth note] in a triplet. The first eighth note is twice as long as the second but both of them together still take the same amount of space as two normal eighth notes.

3. ### Garrett Mireles

Oct 26, 2002
USA, Kailua, Oahu
I believe it's a triplet FEEL. Kind of hard to put into words, though.

4. ### Howard K

Feb 14, 2002
UK
OK, try this out:

1) tap your hand on your knee and count "1, 2, 3, 4". These are the beats of the bar in 4/4 time.

2) now tap and count "1 & a, 2 & a, 3 & a, 4 & a", still accenting the 1, 2, 3, 4. This will give you the 4 beats divided into 8th note triplets.

3) now, while counting exactly the same as above, try 'tapping the air' above your knee on every quarter note beat - on the 1, 2, 3, 4. So you are tapping "- & a, - & a, - & a, - & a". Where "-" is a rest.

4) do the same excercise but singing a note for the first two 'taps' of each triplet - this should give your the feel for beat 4 of that 1st bar.

As Garret says this is probably more of a triplet feel, especially since it's a blues and is probably a shuffle.. a shuffle can be felt by counting/tapping the following triplet rhythm:

1 - a, 2 - a, 3 - a, 4 - a,

hope that helps
H