||[May. 14th, 2006|09:18 pm]
Music Theory Forum
I am playing/learing In the Hall of the Mountian King(piano), and have just arrived at a part with eighth notes over triplets. Any suggestions/tips/excersises on takling them, because Im struggling with trying to play it.
This rhythm helps me out a lot:
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
x x x x x x x x x x x
That sort of thing. I guess being a drummer it may be a tad easier.
Listening to the song would help alot... or other songs with polyrhythms like that.
The way I learned it was I would tap triplet eighths with my hands, and with my foot I would tap a quarter note. Than I stopped tapping the triplets, and would change my the tapping of my foot to straight eighth notes, than I would start tapping the triplets with my hand again.
It took a bit, but I got it down soon enough.
Tap eighths in one hand and triplets in the other. A helpful thing to think of when you're doing it is "Not very hard". I'll try to explain...
(1/8s)x x x x
(trip)x x x x x x
Not Ver-y Hard Not Ver-y Hard
I hope that comes out right. It might not make as much sense until you can find someone to show you, but the words "Not Very Hard" actually fit the rhythm quite well with the 2nd eighth ('y') falling right after the second triplet ('ver') and taking a small pause before the last tripolet ('hard').