With discussion of song form and key behind us, Shoji moved on to the topic of groove. The first step in understanding the "style" or groove of a song is counting to determine whether it is a triplet feel, the shuffle beat we hear most in blues, or a duplet (or straight eighths) feel. The triplet sound is to be heard in box shuffles, swing, boogie and of course shuffle tunes. The most common form in blues that is duplet would be the rhumba, but you also hear it in rocking blues songs, soul, funk and R&B.
We did some experimenting with playing a triplet song over a duplet groove and vice versa, learning that the two rhythms often, but not always, clash. Most successful was the triplet over the duplet feel, but try it yourself to see!
Another great night of digging deep into music understanding and we're all better for it - thanks Shoji!
Bill's Blues Jam Revisited!!!
Hey all, Bill is back and hosting a blues jam in Evanston, running Wednesdays and starting tonight!
Globe Cafe in the Hilton Orrington Hotel, Evanston