Free Jazz Guitar Lessons with Chris Standring

Crazy Triplets

Using this cool rhythmic device it is now easy to emulate those blistering lines that jazz masters George Benson and Pat Martino mesmerized us with!

I think it is fair to say that 8 or 16 note scale patterns are easier to execute than triplets. Most players when playing triplet runs accent the first note of each triplet, thus tapping into their "triplet vocab". However, using this new device we can draw from all our 8/16 note vocab. Here's how:

Think of a line that has twelve notes and make them all equal in time value. ie; three groups of four 16th notes. (See Ex #1 written in red). Get a feel for playing this figure as it is going to represent half a measure. But in order for this to happen we have to feel that figure in the time of triplets. Refer to ex #1 and look at the triplet rhythm. If you think in triplet time, our new phrase is triplets with the accent on 1 of every 4 notes as opposed to 1 of every 3.

Set a metronome at medium funk tempo and practice playing the examples with this new feel. It's almost like playing 16th note lines just a little bit faster than they should be. (Keep your foot tapping in time!) The secret is to learn not to fall off the phrase and feel the correct pulse. The effect can sound really trippy because your phrase endings fall on beats that you wouldn't have if you were playing triplets with the accent on 1 of every three notes. Have fun!

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The Long Awaited Play What You Hear Volume Two Is Now Here!

It has been many years since the first edition of Play What You Hear (originally released in 2000). Now volume two is here with new ideas and concepts, complete with audio, video, traditional notation and TAB throughout. High resolution pdf available for printing the entire program. For intermediate and advanced players.

  • Part One: Melody

    Focuses on single note soloing. Learn how to effortlessly solo through complex chord changes.

  • Part Two: Harmony

    Focuses on chord melody. Learn new harmonic devices and understand chords in a whole new way.

  • Performances

    Study Chris Standring's six recorded solos, transcribed with audio and high def video.