Simultaneous 8th Note Triplets and Couplets

I’ve been doing a lot of weird things the last few days simply because I know I’m not going to be able to do them for a long while. One of those things is play my piano(my gorgeous Cable Nelson upright grand piano which is light brown and amazing)(and by mine I mean my parents)(which needs to be tuned)(hint hint while I’m gone)(wink wink)(mom).

I have a book of songs which were written for the various adaptations of Jane Austen novels to screen. Namely the 1995 Pride & Prejudice with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle and Sense & Sensability with Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman(first celebrity crush right there. Just going to point that out. Because I’m proud of 8 year old me), Emma Thompson, and Hugh Grant. It also contains the music for Persuasion, a book which I have read but not seen the movie adaptation of. I was like “what the what I’m bored I’m going to sightread.” So I played the theme from Persuasion(Follow the link. Just do it. Or the next bit may not make sense.)

Now if there is anything in music that is a dividing factor for a lot of pianists, it’s simultaneous triplets and couplets. If you followed the link like I told you, that’s the times when one rhythm is slightly behind the other…. or in plainer terms, basically one hand is playing three notes in the time that the other hand is playing two. Whenever I mention that I love playing triplets on couplets or vice versa I either get a response of “Yeah I know riiiight!!!!” or “What the heck is wrong with you, you nut job.” Playing them is tricky. But it’s so beautiful!

Back to Jane Austen, I really hate the Keira Knightley version. The new version. The barely Austen version. It’s just really suck. For someone like me who practically has P&P memorized, it’s almost sacrilege to like that movie. One time I actually wanted to watch it. Joanna and I made fun of it the whole time. It was great. However, there is one and only one thing that it has going for it. The soundtrack.

Take for example Dawn.


That’s all I had to say. I just wanted to express my love for crazy 8th notes.

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