I'm studying a transcription for a guitar solo from a Steely Dan song called Your Gold Teeth II but there is a section that has me confused on how to count the rhythm.

The Guitar solo starts at bar 86 and is in 6/8:

Bar 84-86

Bar 87-88

In bar 89 there are 2-16th note triplets followed by a 32nd note run but I am confused on how to count this rhythm correctly.

Can anyone help?

Thanks in advance.

Bar 89

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  • Each 16th-note triplet takes the time of one eighth-note.
  • The four 32nd notes take the time of one eighth-note
  • The 12-tuplet is three groupings of four 32nd-notes, each grouping taking the time of one eighth note.

Renotated measure showing beat divisions

  • Awesome! Thanks!!!
    – Tikhon
    Commented Apr 24 at 10:29
  • Am having a heck of a time getting the phrasing right on this
    – Tikhon
    Commented Apr 25 at 0:18
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    @Tikhon Right? It's one thing to count it, but then there's actually trying to play it!
    – Aaron
    Commented Apr 25 at 1:21
  • Wow. Yeah.. for sure...I think Denny Dias is an amazing player. I was watching a recent interview and this solo was mentioned as being one of his best and I think the interviewer used the word "transcendent", taking his playing to another level of sophistication. I have to agree. It's one of my favorite Steely Dan songs of all time. Thanks again for your help.
    – Tikhon
    Commented May 5 at 14:57

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