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Watch the New Orleans Style online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Bass Guitar 4: Groove Vocabulary

New Orleans Style - Lick 6 is a video guitar lesson presented by Jasper Mortier and is sourced from 50 Blues Bass Licks You Must Know.


This feel is also called 'playing it in a swingstyle'. So they write regular 1/16 notes, but you should play them in the triplet or 'swing' manner. Another very clear example of this triplet feel is of course 'Superstion' by Stevie Wonder (listen to that hihat part played by Stevie himself!) and also you may want to listen to the mega-funky 'Come Dancing' by Jeff Beck with it's killer bassline and ditto drums. Let's try to explain the difference between a shuffle and this triplet feel: First let's stick to a regular 4/4 with 4 quarter notes in a bar. In a shuffle the quarter notes are divided into three pieces (triplets) instead of two like with regular eighth notes (sometimes called straight 8). Therefore resulting in 12 8th notes in a bar (4x3) instead of a 'regular' 8 8th notes (4x2). In the so called triplet feel the quarter notes are regularly divided in eighth notes but those itself are divided into three instead of two sixteenth notes. Resulting in 24 1/16th notes (4x2x3) in a bar instead of a 'regular' 16 16th notes (4x2x2). So if you're still with me: you could consider the tripletfeel a halftime played fast shuffle!