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Metal Riffing with 16th Note Triplets - Mixing it Up

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Next, let's mix up the 16th note triplets with a different kind of note. In this lesson, we're going to mix them with standard sixteenth notes.

Observe the first and second beats in the tab below. Do you see how the first beat has 16th note triplets, while the second beat has normal 16th notes?

It's very important to be comfortable with using different type of notes in the same sequence. After all, using different notes makes music more flavorful. If you only use one kind of rhythmic note over and over without variating, it might get a bit boring.

So in this riff we're using 16th note triplets as well as 16th notes. Another reason why this is a good exercise is because we're mixing notes that have an odd groove with notes that have more of an even groove. 16th note triplets have an odd feel, while the 16th notes have a more straightforward even feel. Be sure to count out loud while playing. Go ahead and count something like this:

"1 2 3 4 5 6 - 1  2  3  4 - 1 2 3 4 5 6 - 1  2  3  4"

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