Learn the Hammer-On Chord Triplet

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Triplets are awesome. We’ve talked before about the power of three and why you should work triplets into your own playing. You hear triplets a lot in solos, especially by shred masters like Van Halen (“Eruption”), Steve Vai (“Shy Boy”) and Dimebag Darrell (“Cowboys from Hell”). But it’s rare to hear triplets in rhythm guitar. For one, playing triplets for rhythm guitar is hard when playing in a 4/4-time signature, which most rock and roll uses. Indeed, the only rock song with a triplet rhythm that I could readily find was by The Beatles. During “All My Loving,” George Harrison delivers a steady barrage of triplets throughout the verses and somehow manages to keep time.

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