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Series 1

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The quarter note triplet

What is a quarter note triplet on guitar?

First of all, a quarter note triplet on the guitar is made up of three quarter notes. Then the quarter note triplet divides two-stroke in three equal parts.
Additionally, a quarter note triplet is worth 3 quarter note instead of 2 beats or 2 quarter notes.
So we can conclude that a quarter note triplet is worth a half note, or two beats.
To feel it and play it there is a little trick. In fact, it is enough to count it as follows on triplets of eighth notes.
The T represents tenses.
So a triplet of eighth notes will give:
T T
Sort – o – Let Sort – o – let …….etc.

Quarter note triplet on guitar in theory

So, to play a quarter note triplet you only need to play the Tri, the Let and the O which are in bold.
Basically, to be clearer, you only play what is in bold.
T T
Sorting – o – Let   Sorting – o –let

The quarter note triplet on the guitar is a figure rhythmic which allows three equivalent quarter notes to be played in the time normally occupied by two quarter notes of the same value. This figure is noted graphically by a number 3 placed above or below three quarter notes, linked together by a curved bar.

The quarter note triplet is used in music to provide interesting rhythmic variation and create a syncopation effect. This rhythmic figure is often used in musical genres such as jazz, blues, rock and pop.

To play a quarter note triplet in A, you have to divide the beat into three equal parts, and play each quarter note with the same beat value. For example, in a tempo of 120 beats per minute, each quarter note is normally worth one second. But with a quarter note triplet, each quarter note must be played in a third of a second, so that the three quarter notes in the triplet take up the same time as two normal quarter notes.

When playing the quarter note triplet, it is important to respect the rhythm and duration of each note, to create the desired effect and maintain consistency of rhythm. With a little practice, the quarter note triplet can become a natural, flowing rhythmic figure that brings dynamics and intensity to the music.

How to play a quarter note guitar triplet?

If we take our figure again with the elements to play in bold, you will have to use your pick strokes in an appropriate and thoughtful manner. If you play an eighth note triplet on the guitar you should normally do LOW – HIGH – LOW.
As a result, we obtain this in two strokes with the pick:
T T
Sort – o – Let Sort – o – let
B H B B H B
B
 means blow down and H means upward blow.

Quarter note triplet on guitar with pick

Now, if we bring this back to our playing of the quarter note triplet on the guitar. What we're going to do here is remove the unnecessary strokes.
Which will therefore give us:
T T
Sorting – o – Let   Sorting – o –let
B B H

Note that, obviously depending on the situation you may have to change these pick strokes and adapt them.