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Triplets

From Mallas on 2/16/2016 12:33:22 AM

I have been playing for a couple of years now and I have a few tunes that I can bash out ok but I just can't get the hang o' them triplets. I practice loads but they still sound slow and individual. Any advice?

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joemac says:
2/16/2016 12:43:31 AM

It's a hard thing to master I'll agree. No easy way for me although playing closer to the bridge helps due to extra string tension. It the dos to strengthen your wrist which is where the secret of good triplets lie for me. Moving toward the neck I tend to lift my hand from the string slightly so I don't dig in as I do my triplet. However it's still difficult for me, some gigs I can triplet like Gerry OConnor, other gigs I drop the lot!!! Good luck

joemac says:
2/16/2016 12:45:48 AM

Should read.....it will help strengthen your wrist.....

DSmoke says:
2/16/2016 3:23:34 AM

Relax, it is very difficult to play a triplet when you are tense. I used to tense up before I had to play the triplet, then would miss it. Practice playing triplets and get very relaxed, then play a simple tune with just one triplet, you'll nail it. You can also try gripping down a little further on your pick.

Picking Dick says:
2/16/2016 6:38:55 AM

I'm just a newby at banjo'n, but I've been bangin' away at music for 70 years. I agree with DSmoke's comments. Sometimes one who can't get somethin' just grinds away at it, tenses up and makes it worse. Remember, unless you're a pro, you're doin' this for fun!

Mallas says:
2/16/2016 2:37:03 PM

All good advice many thanks. One thing I have noticed is the speed of triplets within hornpipes seem to be slower so it seems a good place to start

bbarton says:
2/18/2016 6:28:18 AM

Yes, good advice: one of Enda Scahill's take-home messages from the O'Flahertys Irish Retreat last fall -- relax, relax, relax! Hornpipes are good indeed for triplets/trebles (I like The Galway Hornpipe for that), as are jigs once you get the hang of it.


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