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The 8th Note Triplet



First of all a little reminder. Till this lesson we played rhythms based on a subdivision of the quater note by 2 (giving two 8th notes) and by 4 (giving four 16th notes). In this lesson we will now subdivide the quater note by 3, so we get an 8th note triplet. This rhythm sounds like 3 strokes equally played in a quater note (3 notes in a beat). Then a triplet is a "ternary" division of a note figure.

I give two different kind of sticking. The first one (for exercice 1 to 9) comes from four 8th notes triplets played in a single stroke roll sticking (alternate sticking):

   |1-+2-+3-+4-+||
SD |RlrLrlRlrLrl||
BD |o--o--o--o--||

The hand falling on the beat is respectively right for beats 1 and 3 and left for beats 2 and 4.

From exercice 10 I use the RRL sticking, this way I keep the strong hand (right) on the first stroke of each beat. This makes easy to move from 8th notes to 8th notes triplets and 16th notes. This sticking could also be used in exercices #1 to #9.

Reverse hands if you are a left hand player.

To go further with this lesson you can play the etude "Urf 34" available at The Shop.

EXERCISE #1

Tempo = 88bpm ; count in = 1234



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   |1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|
SD |R--L--RLRL--|R--LRLR--L--|RLRL--RLRL--|R--L--R--LRL|
BD |o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|

   |1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+||
SD |R--LRLR--LRL|R--L--R--L--|RLRL--R--LRL|R--L--RLRL--||
BD |o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--||

EXERCISE #2

Tempo = 88bpm ; count in = 1234



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   |1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|
SD |R--LRLR-----|RLRL-----L--|R-----R--LRL|R--LRLR--LRL|
BD |o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|

   |1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+||
SD |R-----R--L--|R-----RLRL--|RLRL--R-----|RLRL-----L--||
BD |o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--||

EXERCISE #3

Tempo = 88bpm ; count in = 1234



24-ex03

   |1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|
SD |R-----RLRL--|R-----------|RLRL-----LRL|R-----------|
BD |o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|

   |1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+||
SD |---LRLR-----|RLRL-----LRL|R--------LRL|R--LRLR-----||
BD |o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--||

EXERCISE #4

Tempo = 88bpm ; count in = 1234



24-ex04

   |1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|
SD |------RLRL--|R-----RLRL--|RLRL--R-----|---L-----LRL|
BD |o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|

   |1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+||
SD |R--LRLR--L--|R-----------|------------|RLRL--RLRL--||
BD |o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--||

EXERCISE #5

Tempo = 88bpm ; count in = 1234



24-ex05

   |1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|
SD |R--L--RLRLRL|R--L-----LRL|RLRL--RLRL--|---L--R--LRL|
BD |o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|

   |1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+||
SD |R-----RLRLRL|R--L--R--LRL|RLRL--R-----|RLRLRLR-----||
BD |o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--||

EXERCISE #6

Tempo = 88bpm ; count in = 1234



24-ex06

   |1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|
SD |RLRLRLRLRL--|R--LRLRLRLRL|R-----RLRLRL|RLRL--RLRL--|
BD |o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|

   |1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+||
SD |---L-----LRL|RLRLRLR-----|------RLRLRL|RLRL-----L--||
BD |o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--||

EXERCISE #7

Tempo = 88bpm ; count in = 1234



24-ex07

   |1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|
SD |---LRL------|RLR------LRL|------RLR---|---LRLRLRLRL|
BD |o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|

   |1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+||
SD |R--LRL---L--|RLR---R--LRL|---L--RLR---|---L--RLRL--||
BD |o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--||

EXERCISE #8

Tempo = 88bpm ; count in = 1234



24-ex08

   |1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|
SD |RLRL-----LRL|R-----RLRL--|---LRLR-----|RLRLRLR-----|
BD |o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|

   |1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+||
SD |RLRL--R--LRL|R--L--RLRL--|R--LRLR--L--|R--LRLRLRL--||
BD |o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--||

EXERCISE #9

Tempo = 88bpm ; count in = 1234



24-ex09

   |1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|
SD |R-----------|RLRLRLRLRLRL|R--LRLRLRLRL|RLRL--RLRLRL|
BD |o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|

   |1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+|1-+2-+3-+4-+||
SD |RLRLRLR--LRL|RLRLRLRLRL--|RLRLRLRLRLRL|R-----------||
BD |o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--|o--o--o--o--||

EXERCISE #10

Tempo = 88bpm ; count in = 1234



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EXERCISE #11

Tempo = 88bpm ; count in = 1234



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EXERCISE #12

Tempo = 88bpm ; count in = 1234



24-ex12

EXERCISE #13

Tempo = 88bpm ; count in = 1234



24-ex13

EXERCISE #14

Tempo = 88bpm ; count in = 1234



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EXERCISE #15

Tempo = 88bpm ; count in = 1234



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EXERCISE #16

Tempo = 88bpm ; count in = 1234



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EXERCISE #17

Tempo = 88bpm ; count in = 1234



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EXERCISE #18

Tempo = 88bpm ; count in = 1234



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EXERCISE #19

Tempo = 88bpm ; count in = 1234



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EXERCISE #20

Tempo = 88bpm ; count in = 1234



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EXERCISE #21

Tempo = 88bpm ; count in = 1234



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EXERCISE #22

Tempo = 88bpm ; count in = 1234



24-ex22

EXERCISE #23

Tempo = 88bpm ; count in = 1234



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EXERCISE #24

Tempo = 88bpm ; count in = 1234



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EXERCICE #25

Tempo = 88bpm ; count in = 1234



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EXERCICE #26

Tempo = 88bpm ; count in = 1234



24-ex26

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