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  1. Harry Styron

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    The 1990 Allanah Myles hit, Black Velvet, has lots of quarter-note triplets over a blues shuffle. Very distinctive.
     
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    Can you give an example of the quarter note triplets in this one? The whole song feels like 12/8 and I hear the eighth notes, but I think maybe the only quarter note triplets is the bass walk down just before the guitar solo.
     
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    Ken, don't they start on the middle triplet of the first group, which is a little off the and of 1? Like this, wherein QR = quarter rest and Q = quarter note.

    .........3........3
    [ (QR)QQ] [QQQ]


    I could be full of beans.
     
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    triplets in Black Velvet

    Sorry, JB, I should have written that there are eighth-note triplets throughout. In the sheet music I have, there are quarter-note triplets only in the bridge for the words "it happened so." This version is 4/4 with lots of eighth-note triplets, which I think is consistent with the 12/8 feel that you mention.
     
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    No, you're right - 2nd quarter note triplet.
    The 'jazz' guy in me hears that as the 'and' of a swung 1/8 note.
     
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    Got it!
     
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    I was once told that they're more easily "felt" than straight out counted.
    It works for me….
     
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    The Doors Roadhouse blues-right before solo and right before the end of song.

    Beatles Twist and Shout-Right near the end
     
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    Beatles - 'All My Loving'.
     
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    All my lovin is eighth note triplets
     
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    The second bar of the 'Boplicity' head. Also the outro D and A power chords from Led Zep's 'How Many More Times'. This would be under the "why can't you please come home" lyric.
     
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    What pentatonic scale can I play over the whole tune?
     
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    Excellent triplet example.

    *As long as your very careful and limit yourself over the Cmaj7 and Am7 chords, you can use a G minor pentatonic over the whole thing ;)
     
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    How is that counted? There are 4 sets of triplets per measure and isn't the song in 4/4 time? I really don't know.
     
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    Hey folks,

    thank you for you answers! :) I've made some transcription and will give to you now, just for the curious:

    View attachment QNT.pdf

    I'm still in search for music with quarter note triplets, so please let me know if you find other good examples. Here are some of my new discoveries:

    Guns & Roses - Sweet Child Oh Mine ("No no no no no no")
    Brooks & Dunn - Whiskey Under The Bridge (pedal steel solo)
    Wes Montgomery - Gone With The Wind (serveral bars in the solo)

    Cheers!
     
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    Four sets/bar in 4/4 would be 1/8 triplets. I still don't hear any triplets in "All My Loving."

    There are none shown here.
     
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    George's guitar strumming?
     
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    Actually, John's strumming:
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                Fm                            B            
                /// /// /// ///               /// /// /// ///
    Close your eyes                  and I'll Kiss you
    There are 4 triplet strums per bar - but admittedly I'm not a music theory guy and not sure I understand what the triplet quarter note is...
     
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    For all the guys that still don't know what a quarter note triplet is and how it sounds, I'd really suggest to listen to the piano solo in "Boot Scootin' Boogie"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQt92c3KD_Mhttp://

    I've made an arrangement for guitar of that solo, you can find it in my last post.

    The first and third bar a full of 8th-note-triplets and in the 4th bar you can hear 6 quarter note triplets.

    Then I'd advise to listen to more examples. Over time you'll get a real good feeling for the use of quarter note triplets.

    This brings me to all the postet music sheets: please post the music, not the sheet, because most of the jazz cats play the music in their own way and just because the quarter note triplet is written in the sheet it doesn't mean everyone is playing them.

    Discussions on how to play (or count or use or whatever) quarter note triplets should get their own threads.

    Warm regards!

    PS: There are no quarter (!) note triplets in "All My Loving".
     
  20. jbmando

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    I think you mean F#m, but even so, the melody or a main aspect of a song is what I would listen for. The strumming pattern is secondary to the vocal on "AML" IMO. :cool:

    As to what is a quarter note triplet, simply put, it is three notes in the space of two. In keeping with Beatle examples, the end of
    "Twist and Shout" is a good example of quarter note triplets, or as has been discussed, the piano on the G7 in the chorus of "Drive My car." To me it is very easy to hear in the drum hits of the old Bobby Fuller Four song, "I Fought the Law (and the Law Won)" over the line "with a six gun." Six "shots" in four beats - in other words, in the space of four quarter notes.
     
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