Learning The Sentence

In this lesson we're going to break down the lick. First you'll learn it note for note, and then we'll play around with it in a later lesson. Make sure to get really comfortable with this lick, before you move on!

Instructor Anders Mouridsen
Less Notes, More Blues!
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7 months ago
Hi Just a quick question on this lesson - Learning the Sentence. In the video Andres actually counts this tune as if it's in 4/4 with a swung eighth note rhythm (i.e 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +), and I think I can hear it that way. However, the accompanying notation is in 12/8. Which is it? And if its 4/4 can you update the notation?
Josh Workman 6 months ago

Hi Jim, It's kind of both. Technically a blues shuffle is in 12/8 and that's the standard way it's notated. I was a transcriber for Warner and other companies and always dreaded notating blues shuffles because it ends up being harder to write out and to read but that IS the standard way to do it in the publishing world. When describing this stuff verbally, it's often easier to count it as if you're dealing with swung eighth notes, like in jazz. Swung eighths are up for interpretation but roughly sound like a grouping of triplet eighths with the first two tied together so the first eighth sounds a bit longer than the second. I hope this helps.