Copyleft battle solo: 134 – Roy G Biv

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Where to start!?  The 134 was difficult for me to wrap my head around at first.  I spent a tremendous amount of time trying to feel it, since I don’t do very well trying to count while playing.  I spent so much time on that, in fact, that I sort of ran out of time to actually put the solo together and I’m very excited to revisit and revise it here.

If you’re not familiar with it, the 134 is played in 12/8 time.  That may sound intimidating, but it’s really just 4/4 where every “beat” is an eighth-note triplet.  Still confused?  The slow parts of Led Zeppelin’s Dazed and Confused should clear it up for you.  Go listen =) At first, I had a really tough time understanding how the Matsuri patterns and the triplet fit together, so I hope that explanation helps someone out!

What I found most challenging about developing a solo around the triplet ji is that the tempo remains pretty slow, even at performance speed where you invariably go faster than you practiced everything.  Placing those ka’s properly continues to be tough for me and I hope to practice and address this in a future update.

– Kerry

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