Any tips for playing in 12/8 time

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  1. bluesjunior

    bluesjunior Member

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    I recently downloaded a backing track to which the Freddie King track "Someday after a while" could be played over but have run up against some problems with soloing over it. I can solo ok over 4/4 time but found it difficult on this track which seems to count something like "1 and 234 and". I have a book of the transcriptions from EC's "From the Cradle" where it says the track is in 12/8 time and although his version is in the key of D while the track I have is in G I managed to transpose it and although I can play the rhythm guitar part and also figure out a melodic solo over it I find it near impossible to play the type of solo that EC or Freddie et al would play over this track.

    Are there any tips or tricks to playing in this time signature. It is slightly slower than the Clapton version but I am still finding this very difficult. Appreciate any help offered.
     
  2. Bussman

    Bussman Member

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    It's 4/4 with a triplet feel.
     
  3. JonR

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    12/8 is very simple. Just a slow 4 count, but each beat divides into 3:
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         BEATS: |1  .  .  2  .  .  3  .  .  4  .  . |
     8TH notes: |x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x
         count:  1 and a  2 and a  3 and a  4 and a  
    snare drum:           X                 X
     bass drum:  X             (x) X
     
    
     
  4. hacker

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    You can count:

    1-2-3, 2-2-3, 3-2-3, 4-2-3 for each measure.

    Usually the hi-hat is pretty even and plays every eigth note. For rhythm parts, play short chord stabs on the 2 and 4. If you do that sliding 6/9 thing which is very common in these songs, hit it on beat 3.
     
  5. bluesjunior

    bluesjunior Member

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    Thanks a lot guys. I will try that and see how it works out.
     
  6. Austinrocks

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    I use

    1 trip let 2 trip let 3 trip let 4 trip let
     

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