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.

## 36 Comments

Good one. Justin.

great one justin 🙂

You're the best Justin. Thank you

I can play because of you. Thank youuuuuuuuu

Thank you justin. Great lesson.

oh my god that guitar is beautiful

You rock man! Thank you! ,,/

i acctually know what triplets are, like (te re le)

but i swear i'm just glad that someone has the integrity to explain it well thank you really.

IDEAR of a triplet…

I don't mean to be a stickler, but you said "divided a beat BY half" which would actually make the notes twice as long (1 / .5 = 2)

= P

Anyway, I needed a video to explain triplets to someone online, as I couldn't just show them myself, and I found this. Nice job.

Oh, and I'm sure you've noticed, but when you're talking about the metronome, you start counting double-time… so it's really sextuplets.

I just found it amusing how you mentioned they were uncommon and then counted them a minute later.

Thanks. You make learning the guitar easy and fun. I am inspired by you.

dude that guitar in the backround is that a fender roadworn?

@karlinngustafinn be quiet.

you can also say za-ta-ta like i remember in music class

thanks !

:okay…

Haha that's how I learned them. I learnt them from the songs "Out Of The Silent Planet" and "El Dorado"

1 e and ah 2 e and ah 3 e and ah 4 e and ah

my thoughts exactly. you should try n get his album also man, he's an amazing musician. you can also get a dvd of his lessons as well.

you get what he means though. which is why it works. he meant the beat itself, which yeah does mean the actual beat, but it seems more natural to assume he wasn't talking about the notes.

So a triplet is the same as putting the metronome on 3/4 and 16th note is 4/4?

Essentially, yes. Mine beeps on triplets on 3/4 and eighths on 4/4 and 2/4

thank you

What can I say to you Justin, you are awesome awesome awesome! I am very appreciative for your time in sharing your talent with us, for free. Thank you soooo much. I am finally pursuing what I always desires to do…..to learn and be good at playing guitar so I found you :-). For the first time I am confident I can do it and am doing it along with you. May the Lord bless you.

Metallica-Battery triplet is an asshole

Thanks man it was a big problem for me

Thanks Justin, most informative yet simple lesson on triplets

ur the best teacher i have seen that explains the guitar as best so we understand better

I learned this same thing but a different way. 1 and a 2 and a 3 and a 4 and a. I think its easier especially if you use 1 and 2 and…

Totally needed this to learn "Live in a hole" by Pantera. Didnt understand shit of the intro of that song until today.

Thanks.

shave ur unibrow

I started with Meshuggah – Bleed and worked my way up to triplet rhythms.

this works with a metronome sooo

Thanks bro it helped me a lot

Do we only count? We don't play the triplet and?