Best Way to Deal with Mostly Duplets in 12/8?

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  1. Zedcars

    Zedcars New Member

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    Hi,

    I'm notating a male vocal part that has lots of duplets and quadruplets in a 12/8 piece. So, in essence, the vocal is singing in straight 4/4 time, while the rest of the band is swung.

    I'm wondering if it would be better to notate the vocal part in 4/4 to avoid all the tuplets, and maybe add a rhythmic cue line to clarify that the other instrumentalists will be playing in 12/8?

    Here is a snippet of the part:
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    This doesn't change a lot rhythmically, just lots of duplets and quadruplets throughout. Do you think this would be acceptable, or should I change the part to 4/4?

    By the way, the non-duplet notes in bars 21 and 28 etc would ideally be 16th note duplets, but I notated them as 8th notes to avoid fussy notation.
     
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  2. JohnG

    JohnG Senior Member

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    Your instinct, I think is correct. I would never write that for a singer / player. It's almost all duple, as you point out. Definitely 4/4 with a triplet where necessary.
     
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    Zedcars New Member

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    Thank you. OK, so now i need to go in and re-write it all...painful but necessary I guess. :thumbsup:
     
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  4. JohnG

    JohnG Senior Member

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    I think you'll be a lot happier with what you get. I agree on the pain side!
     
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