Boogie Woogie: Triplet Riffs

A riff is a small melodic/rhythmic snippet that is repeated again and again over the chord changes. Triplet riffs are commonly-used devices that really help to build momentum and energy and keep the music flowing.


Boogie Woogie Triplet Riff #1

Incorporating a tasty blue note b3 (Me) on each downbeat...

Boogie Woogie: Triplet Riffs


Boogie Woogie Triplet Riff #2

Incorporating the 6 (La) which makes for a mellower sound...

Boogie Woogie: Triplet Riffs


Boogie Woogie Triplet Riff #3

A variation of #1 with a bigger skip, which presents a little technical challenge...

Boogie Woogie: Triplet Riffs


Boogie Woogie Triplet Riff #4

Incorporating the tasty blue note b5 (Fi) on each downbeat...

Boogie Woogie: Triplet Riffs


Boogie Woogie Triplet Riff #5

Adding the b7 (Te)...

Boogie Woogie: Triplet Riffs


Boogie Woogie Triplet Riff #6

Incorporating the edgiest blue note b5 (Fi) on each downbeat, which makes for a very bluesy sound...

Boogie Woogie: Triplet Riffs


Boogie Woogie Triplet Riff #7

Here's a fun little brain teaser. Notice that the "shape" of each triplet is different for each beat (2 notes-1 note-2 notes, then 1 note-2 notes-1 note).

Boogie Woogie: Triplet Riffs


Boogie Woogie Triplet Riff #8

A variation of #7...

Boogie Woogie: Triplet Riffs