Watch the Triplet Rhythm online guitar lesson by Brad Carlton from Guitar Lab: Solid Strumming
Triplet rhythms differ from eight notes and 16th notes in that you are dealing with a different subdivision of the beat. Eighth notes divide the beat in half, 16th notes divide the beat into four equal parts. Eighth note triplets divide the beat into three equal parts. This is what produces that rolling flowing sound typical if the slow blues were a 50s tune. Triplets are counted as follows: one-trip-let two-trip-let three-trip-let four-trip-let. Make sure you can count with authority the rhythmic figures presented in this lesson. As you can see the entire measure is divided into 12 slots. Example 16 displays how the same rhythm can be written in a 12/8 time signature. Example 17 displays the notation for a shuffle or swing rhythm. The video will demonstrate picking options which can affect how loose or tight the shuffle rhythm will be.