Now, what we’re talking about

in this lesson today is ‘triplets.’ And a ‘triplet’ is when we divide a beat

into three instead of two. So far we’ve always been talking about

having this idea of having a beat, which is 1, 2, 3, 4 and we’ve talked about dividing it in half, which gave us our ‘ands.’ So if we had… I’ll tap on the guitar here: Hopefully, you can pick that up clearly. So, here’s your beat: 1, 2, 3, 4. We had: 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and. That was a pretty nice easy count. And we just divided each beat by half. So, you know: 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and. But we can also

divide that beat each time into three. So we have: 1 trip-let, 2 trip-let, 3 trip-let, 4 trip-let. 1 trip-let, 2 trip-let, 3 trip-let, 4 trip-let. It’s really important

that you get the idea that a beat doesn’t just divide in half, It can divide actually by any number. Very commonly into three,

which is triplets, into four,

which is called sixteenth notes. Fives you can do, sixes and sevens is possible, but they’re a little less common. So, we’re not going to be dealing with them

for quite some time. So, the thing

that I want you to get used to is the idea of a triplet and the count for a triplet. So, with triplets … I’ve seen a few books and stuff trying to get people to count it: Trip-a-let, Trip-a-let, which is just really horrible on the tongue and you lose the count then. It’s really important that, when you’re counting along with music, that you are saying:

1 and 2 and 3 and 4. It’s the 1-2-3-4 that’s really valuable, because it helps you know

where you are in the bar. Especially in the beginner’s stage,

until it becomes instinctive. So, with triplets,

we count them: 1 trip-let, 2 trip-let, 3 trip-let, 4 trip-let. So, something I just want you to practice. We’re not going to be strumming these triplets, because… they’re kind of awkward to strum, and we don’t tend to use full triplets

for strumming very often. It’s possible, just definitely not on a beginner’s course. So, what we are going to be doing

is just counting it. So what I want you to do

is just strum on 1 and count your triplet. So, if you just pick a G chord, say. I want you to go: 1 trip-let, 2 trip-let 3 trip-let, 4 trip-let, 1 trip-let, 2 trip-let 3 trip-let, 4 trip-let. And get used to the count of it

in your mouth. Because we’re going to be using it for some scales and we’re going to use it in our next lesson, for this kind of a blues shuffle rhythm. Which is very cool,

I’m sure you’ll like it. But first of all,

you really need to get this idea of a triplet really clear in your mind. So, make sure the big deal here

is the counting of it. 1 trip-let, 2 trip-let, 3 trip-let, 4 trip-let. Good exercise,

if you want to do, would be to put your metronome on and practice going like: 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and, 1 trip-let, 2 trip-let, 3 trip-let, 4 trip-let. 1 trip-let, 2 trip-let, 3 trip-let, 4 trip-let. 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and. So, practicing dividing each beat just vocally: doing “1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and” and then:

“1 trip-let, 2 triplet, 3 trip-let, 4 trip-let,” but keeping the 1, 2, 3 and the 4

exactly aligned with the beat. It’s quite tricky,

it’s good fun. Have a go at that, practice up speaking your triplets Practice feeling it, tapping it, Just strumming on 1,

don’t even strumming the whole triplet yet. And then I’ll see you for the next lesson, where we’re actually going to turn this triplet into a bit of a blues groovy rhythm. So, I’ll see you for that some time real soon. Bye bye.