Combining triplets and straight sixteenths

Alex Reeves Lesson time: (5min 28sec)

Having the ability to play a variety of rhythms with confidence and musicality can add depth and character to a musician. Understanding the change in meter between quadruple time and triple time is an essential part of this. Great drummers such as Tony Williams and John Bonham knew that getting 'inside the time' was a way to inject elements of musical tension and release - using elementary aspects such as triplets in the place of straight semi­quavers is a very usable way to do this. In this lesson, we will look at mixing straight eighth- and sixteenth-notes with sextuplets.

About the instructor


Alex is a freelance musician who has performed live and in the studio with artists as diverse as Dizzee Rascal, Unkle, Bat for Lashes, Guy Garvey and Elbow. He has played headline slots at all the major UK festivals, including televised appearances on Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage, Oxygen Main Stage and T In The Park. International TV performances also include Live on MTV, the Jools Holland Hootenanny and The BBC Electric Proms with Dizzee Rascal.
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