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Example Two
In this example we have changed the pattern into a run of twelve sixteenth notes. The count is 1& 2& 3& 2& 2& 3&.
Example Three
In example three we have a chord progression made up of two measures of Am and two measures of G.
The count for example three is 1 2& 3& 2 2& 3& in the first measure, 1& 2& 3& 2& 2& 3& in the
second measure,
1 2& 3& 2 2& 3& in the third measure and 1& 2& 3& 2& 2& 3& in the fourth measure.
The one thing about frailing in 6/8 time is that there usually isn't much room for the kind of timing tricks we can employ in 4/4 and 3/4 time. A hammer-on in a run of sixteenth notes is going to result in two thirty-second notes. It's possible, but your timing has to be dead on to make it work.
One little trick you can use to help you keep track of tunes in 6/8 time is to "McTavish" the beat.
A lot of 6/8 time tunes like "Irish Washerwoman," the B part of "Garryowen," or even example three on the last page have a rhythm that fits this little bit of verse:
McTavish is dead and his brother don't know it.