12/8 Grooves & Rhythms
In this lesson we explore a key style that is associated with New Orleans music; the 12/8 groove.
The 12/8 groove is a sound that became popular in New Orleans music in the 1940/50s and continued into the 1960s. It’s best associated with Fats Domino who was one of the most famous musicians to come out of New Orleans in the 20th century.
The Basic 12/8 Groove
To construct a basic 12/8 groove we play 8th note triplets in our right hand over a repeating left hand bass pattern. We explore this groove using triads in our right hand and next with extended chord voicings including 9th and 13th chords.
The 12/8 sound from New Orleans become popular in the surrounding towns in the bayous and swamps. A style evolved around this 12/8 groove which was named swamp pop. Jon demonstrates an example of swamp pop with vocals.
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