12/8 Feel For Slow Blues
In this lesson we will learn to feel a 12/8 pulse for a tune written in 4/4. This is useful when improvising in a slow blues style. Generally speaking, when we play slow blues, we play with a 12/8 pulse.
When we have a tune written in 4/4, that means we have 4 quarter notes in each bar. We can count 1-2-3-4 or we can subdivide each quarter note into 8th notes and count 1-&-2-&-3-&-4-& – 1-&-2-&-3-&-4-&
Counting a 12/8 Pulse
Now to feel a 12/8 pulse we can play the each of the 4 beats with a triplet feel. To do this I count 1-&-a-2-&-a-3-&-a-4-&-a or alternatively as 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12.
Why do we use a 12/8 pulse?
Well when playing in the slow blues style, our fills and our improvisations are often very triplet-heavy and so it makes sense to feel that underlying 12/8 pulse.
In this lesson we explore some simple fills in bars 2, 4, 6, and 8 when the melody rests. Notice how the fills are often outlining the triplet pulse.
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