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    I've been listening to some blues lately. Here's a couple of songs that have a shuffle in them. I'm guessing in Rock or Jazz the band would be counting/feeling these in 4/4 (triplets). But I'm wondering if blues performers are counting and feeling these in straight 6/8 or 4/4 triplets.

    Skip to about 2:20, that's when the drums come in

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    Simple straight up (not triplets) 4/4. You may play triplets on a ride or HH but the count is 4/4.

    Last edited by inthpktplayer; 08-30-2012 at 06:03 AM.

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    The shuffle is viewed as a feel an not necessarily metric subdivisions. It just so happens that shuffle and swing line up with triplets...for the most part. There are other types of shuffles that don't have metric subdivisions, but that can be discussed elsewhere.

    So yes, 1, 2, 3 , 4 or however many pulses is what these cats are feeling.
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    metric subdivisions? in the shopping mall?

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