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Posted by JDP on September 05, 2000 at 23:28:34:

In Reply to: Triplets posted by John W on September 05, 2000 at 14:52:45:

: Hi all,

: I'm a beginner to playing the bass and I'm trying to teach myself. I've found that practicing by copying tabs is a great way to get better and acquiant myself with the bass but I have trouble with some questions of technique.

: How do you play triplets? They seem to be a very quick succession of three otes but I can't figure out how to make them sound as I hear them - is there a special way to play them? Two tabs I've encountered them have been "Girls and Boys" by Blur and "Barbarism Begins At Home" by The Smiths.

: If anyone could help me I would appreciate it greatly.

: Cheers,

: John W

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: "There's more to life than books you know, but not much more" - The Smiths

:Hey John. Well, here's a couple of ideas on triplets. You know how to count 8th notes and 16th notes, right? 8th notes are 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and (in 4/4) and 16th notes are counted 1 ee and uh 2 ee and uh 3 ee and uh 4 ee and ue (again in 4/4 time) Well, when I was first introduced to triplets I was told to apply the same principle. Just apply verbage to the notes. So for a triplet you could say Trip-pa-let. That's exactly how they should sound. Pick of the latest Bass Player Mag. Ed Freidland (I think that's spelled right) has a lesson on counting triplets but instead of using trip-pa-let he uses hig-a-dee or in the case of 2 in a row hig-a-dee bog-a-dee. It looks stupid and you'll sound goofy saying these things out loud, but it really does help. Good luck. JDP

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