How To Tab Out Riff Ending On One Triola-note
Mar 25 2020, 11:06 AM
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Hi everybody! My band are working with a song which have a slightly odd timing riff.

For simplicity, let us pretend that riff lasts three straight bars of 4/4, and then TWO triplet whole notes, making the last bar length something like 5.3/4.

Is this even possible tabbing out? I`ve tried several times without luck, and it annoys me since it is fairly easy to play. Are we breaking "musical rules"?

Two solutions that I currently apply:
1) Have the riff go three rounds instead of the intended 4 such that the odd notes add up. And giving the "entire riff" a crazy bar length like 16/4 (making the metronome go crazy because of the triplets).

2) Cutting out the odd tripled notes for the sake of quantizing it, and rather do the triplet thing when we play live.

Suggestions?

I am on the wrong computer now, but I can include a screen shot from guitar pro later if that helps.

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Mar 25 2020, 11:24 AM
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Could you treat the first 3 bars as 12/8 then the last as 14/8?

In this scenario you would treat eighth notes in 12/8 as a dotted eigtth note, meaning an eighth triplet would be just regular 8th triplets (i.e. 3 notes in time of 2). This would mean you could treat the last bar as 14/8 (or 7/4 for that matter).

EDIT: Didn't read it properly. It was whole note triplets. It should still work, just with different math.

EDIT2: See attached file. I made up a riff according to what you described, so of course it won't be similar to what you are playing.

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This post has been edited by Caelumamittendum: Mar 25 2020, 11:35 AM

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