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    John Lennon seemed to sing rhythmically somewhere between sixteenths and triplets. I am trying to distinguish his rhythmic phrasing accurately. (see my 2 page transcription attached to this post). His three note groupings tend to have been triplet leaning and for example I have indicated a triplet sign above his "two sixteenths plus an eighth note groupings". The background accompaniment was a rather straight sixteenth feel. Lennon seems to have had a soulful 12/8 thing going on. How do you hear it?
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    Ah that cheeky skiffle swing

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    Quote Originally Posted by rintincop View Post
    John Lennon seemed to sing rhythmically somewhere between sixteenths and triplets. I am trying to distinguish his rhythmic phrasing accurately. (see my 2 page transcription attached to this post). His three note groupings tend to have been triplet leaning and for example I have indicated a triplet sign above his "two sixteenths plus an eighth note groupings". The background accompaniment was a rather straight sixteenth feel. Lennon seems to have had a soulful 12/8 thing going on. How do you hear it?
    I think the way you're describing it is pretty accurate. It may just be his very idiosyncratic vocal phrasing or maybe something else:

    I honestly wonder if they didn't just slap that 16th note synth down after the fact, kind of studio-built...

    EDIT: apparently not. Pretty consistent with earlier versions you can find. If anything, the earlier ones sound more locked in on the 16th feel...

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    Quote Originally Posted by christianm77 View Post
    Ah that cheeky skiffle swing
    Skiffle .. Now there is a word that I haven't heard since high school .. but yeah .. in in those days some 30 years ago you couldn't teach Beatles without starting with Skiffle

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    He really was singing sixteenths, but they are quite different than classical sixteenths. It has a psychadelic effect. I am sure he had a characteristic way of accelerating and slowing his sixteenths. I am not quite sure on a micro rhythmic level what was happening with Lennon's rhythmic phrasing.