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  1. #1
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    Default How do you count this?

    Hello,
    I'm refreshing some of my old repertoire. On the end of the song Iron Man by Black Sabbath are those triplets:
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    What's the best way to count them?

    Thanks for helping out
    dshow

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    I personally don't count quarter note triplets. I just feel them out. I know other people like to think of quarter note triplets as an eighth note triplet tied to another eighth note triplet. So, you could subdivide into eighth note triplets and count however you like to count triplets.

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    This is a tricky rhythm. I'm assuming it is in 4/4 time: 4 beats to a measure, the quarter note gets the beat.

    I might count the quarter note triplets as if it was in 6.
    So, the last measure could be counted as...

    Code:
    1     2    3     4    5 + da 6
    The plus sign stands for "and" or "an".

    Code:
    1     2    3     4    5 an da 6
    I tried to space it out evenly with the code block. Hope that helps.


    Good day,
    Gamma

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    Count them in three's not four's so instead of 1-e-and-ah-2-e-and-ah, Go with 1-trip-let-2-trip-let.

    Ignore the lines and the out of place i, pay attention to the dots. I had to do it like that so it would show it in the right rhythm

    1 . . 2 . . 3 . . 4 . . Eight note triplets.
    1 | . ||. i|3 | . 4 . . The rhythm on the sheet.

    So I would count it like 1 - Trip - Let 3 - let-4-trip-let might make it easier.
    or we can just count it in eighth note triplets I'll bold the notes you play
    1-trip-let-2-trip-let-3-trip-let-4-trip-let
    so 1-let-trip-3-let-4-trip-let.

    I wish you the best and I hope this helps.
    Last edited by joshuaeblouin; 05-29-2015 at 02:49 AM. Reason: I'm not telling you why. :p

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    Thanks for all the great suggestions. I'll try them out and take the most easy one.
    Until now I always did like Matt said - try to feel it. It works pretty well but was wondering if there is an easy way to count.
    dshow

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    I count the last measure as 1 and 2 and 3 and a 4. It has just a bit of a swing to it, though. I don't know if it's correct, but it's always worked for me. Your foot should be tapping on 1,2,3 and 4.
    Last edited by BradArmpitt; 12-28-2016 at 10:24 AM.

 

 

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