Play­ing triplets over a straight groove

Guitar Techniques - - Play: Blues -

A big fea­ture of this track is the nu­mer­ous triplet runs that pep­per Gary’s phras­ing. This par­tic­u­lar idea isn’t unique to blues, but it lends it­self very well to the sound of the Mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic scale, es­pe­cially when play­ing over a straight groove in 4/4. Since this tends to be a two-notes-per­string pat­tern, we’re nat­u­rally used to hear­ing it in straight pat­terns of 2/4/8 etc. Once we di­vide the scale into threes, it takes on a com­pletely dif­fer­ent com­plex­ion, as we’ll hear notes in odd places across the beat. The abil­ity to flit between straight 8ths and triplet 8ths can be a chal­lenge, how­ever, so make sure you’re well versed in all the dif­fer­ent rhyth­mic group­ings be­fore try­ing it out in your own im­pro­vis­ing.

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