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Series 1

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Ternary Feeling – Eighth notes

How to play ternary eighth note feeling on guitar?

The ternary eighth note feeling is an element rhythmic essential to many styles of music such as blues, jazz, rock and funk.
It is based on the ternary subdivision of time, meaning that each beat is divided into three equal parts rather than two.

To play with a ternary eighth note feeling on the guitar, you must first of all have a good understanding of the ternary rhythm and
having watched the previous course which makes the comparison between binary and ternary feeling.
Instead of counting the beats in two, you will count the beats in three. For example, in a measure in 4/4, each beat would be
divided into three equal parts, giving a total of twelve eighth notes per measure.

When you play with a ternary eighth-note feel on the guitar, you should try to play with a natural swing, which means that
you add a small pause or slight delay on the second eighth note of each beat. This gives a slightly off-kilter feel
and syncopation which is characteristic of the ternary eighth note feeling.

To play with a ternary eighth-note feeling on the guitar, you can try playing chords with a slightly delayed attack
on the second eighth note of each beat. You can also play syncopated bass lines, with notes played out of sync
in relation to time.

Finally, it is important to regularly practice the ternary eighth-note feeling to master this technique well and play it well.
fluid and natural. By listening to music with a ternary eighth-note feeling and analyzing the way the musicians play, you can
inspire you to develop your own style of play.