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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Swinging triplets

I managed to put together what I've been trying to master in the last year: the two ways of swinging the triplets. I have no clue what are the names of these two swings, so I will stick to the way some Malians refer to them: the "Father's rhythms" and the "Mother's rhythms".

Following are two examples of the Father's rhythm. The first recording doesn't have any feeling at all. The second one does - the feeling is quite strong but still not exaggerated. It already gets close to a binary rhythm.

No swing:
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Father's swing:
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The second two examples are for the Mother's rhythm. Again, the first recording holds no swing. The second does, having a strong swing while preserving the full ternary feeling.

No swing:
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Mother's swing:
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