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In praise of Tim Jumper: but what about triplets?

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Jul 12, 2020 - 6:49:46 PM
29 posts since 9/14/2017

As someone who has consistently avoided drop thumb, I really can't praise Tim Jumper's Banjo Player's Songbook enough.
I caught note of the book in another thread and bought a copy. The arrangements look simple at first glance, but many tunes are impossible without drop thumb.
There's no choice: you have to do drop thumb. Being forced into it, I've done it. As a very amateur player, I regard that as a big achievement.
Here's the question, though. There's occasional triplets in his arrangements. What's the easiest way to play them? Or can I arrange them in a non-triplet way?

Jul 12, 2020 - 7:30:19 PM



161 posts since 4/14/2014

If I recall correctly, Tim uses a brush triplet quite a bit. This is where your stinking finger plays a triplet through (most often) strings 3-2-1. To get it just right, the striking finger should rake the strings. I use a great stroke, where the nail briefly rests on the proceeding string in the pattern. It takes a while to get the touch just right, but is a useful ornament.

Edited by - Tweelo on 07/12/2020 19:30:53

Jul 13, 2020 - 4:40:34 AM



161 posts since 4/14/2014

Striking, not stinking finger. And that's rest stroke, not great stroke.


If I do not want to play a triplet, I usually just omit the note in the middle and play it as two eighth notes. When it comes to that brushed triplet, you could most simply replace it with a brushed quarter note. 

Edited by - Tweelo on 07/13/2020 04:42:33

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