Quarter Note Triplets > Songs!

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  1. Zap-O!

    Zap-O! Former Member

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    Heyho folks,

    In these last few days I've practiced quarter note triplets. I played them as body percussion, with chords on the guitar and played scales with them. Now I'm in search of in songs that make use of them. I've found the following:

    Toto - Don't Chain My Heart [bass] (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXiQGXhHLOM)
    Toto - Hold The Line (guitar riff)
    Metallica - For Whom The Bell Tolls [guitar riff @ 2:00] (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bg92QpjRcJk)
    Dire Straits - Sultans Of Swing [lead guitar intro Lick]

    So, does anybody know some music where I can listen to quarter note triplets.

    Warm regards, Sebastian
     
  2. klasaine

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    Kind of, but i don't usually think of it that way since the triplet would occupy a whole bar. That is more like a kind of hemiola.

    Moving from 2 to 3 beats 6/8 (compound duple) to 3/4 (simple triple).

    Packages of the same size that are counted differently.

    Both have 6 8th notes but one is packed --1-- | --2--
    ………………………………………………………………..1 2 3 | 1 2 3

    and the other : (1and) (2and) (3and)

    arranged linearly to produce:
    ____ ____ __ __ __
    1 2 3 2 2 3 | 1(+) 2(+) 3(+)


    It is kind of a triplet if you think i of the quarter note triplet lasting the whole bar. But it is really an alternating meter. since it genuinely changes to 3/4.

    (perhaps that is nit picky, sorry)
     
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    No, at all. You're absolutely right.
    I agree that the written score will notate the entire phrase as a bar of 6 and a bar of 3. That's why I highlighted the a-mer-i-ca part of the phrase. Everybody knows that rhythmic 'sound' ... and, the OP already picked all the good examples :D.
     
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    I learned from The Doors' "Love Me Two Times".
    At the end, the chord triplets which are kind of against the beat are quarter note triplets.
     
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    Too complicated -- and that was half-note triplets anyhow!

    Can you play eighth notes triplets? Good!

    Now tap half time: tap your foot on one and three of 4/4. Play a triplet against that. Done!
     
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    Funny how brains work..... initially, a few hours ago when I first read this post, I was wracking my brain trying to think of songs with quarter note triplets...then a few minutes ago out of the blue I'm singing this in my head and....aha!!...it suddenly dawns on me what I'm hearing...I think I listened to this song a week ago or so....

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    I have to avoid the tendency to play quarter note triplets as a quarter note plus two eighth notes
     
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    Heh! I have to resist playing quarter note triplets as eighth + quarter + eighth.
     
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    Beginner jazzers tend to the rubbery 1/4 note triplet somewhere on the way toward playing 8 notes in a bar -

    "cant do 8 but I reckon I can squeeze 6 in there....somewhere."

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    It's always interested me how we each find certain things easy to grasp and execute that others find difficult and vice versa. I have many musical challenges but 1/4 note triplets have alway been a breeze for me to feel for some reason .....I'm totally fluent with them (at least when they begin on a downbeat. I hadn't even considered triplets that begin on an offbeat!!!:eek:).....not bragging because it's not something I accomplished, it was just there from the start....and especially not bragging because there's so many things that I struggle with or just plain suck at.
     
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    And one more thing....I think 1/4 note triplets are one of the most unique and cool rhythmic devices available. There's something very compelling about them for me...they have a loping, off balance, unhurried, slow stumble sort of thing that pushes in a relaxed manner...falling slowing forward....or something like that....anyway, I like 'em.
     
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    The Who can't explain second guitar solo several bars of this

    As mentioned the Doors Love me two times. There are several other Doors song that do this also I can't think of off the top of my head. May at the end of Light my Fire doesn't Denmore go into this.

    Second solo Long Tall Sally by the Beatles the first several bars of this solo, where George is alternating octaves of G.
     
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    Yeah on Light My Fire by the Doors at end of solo both Kreiger and Densmore go into quarter not triplets. Listen around 5:30
     
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    Beatles Drive My Car. The piano of the chorus.
     
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    Particularly cool example in that those 1/4 triplets start on the and of 1.
     
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