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Beginner Playing to beats 2 and 4

davhudson

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I have been asked by my teacher to play pieces with a metronome beating just notes 2 and 4 in 4/4 peices.
I am finding this really difficult - not just following the beat, but even just starting a song.
I find that my timing strays and instead of following the beat as 2 & 4 it turns into 1 and 3.

Any advice on this?

David
 

Pete Thomas

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First: get to "hear" the backbeat in music you listen to, clap on beats 2 & 4, or tap your fott on 1 & 3 while clapping on 2 & 4.

Second:

When starting off with metronome, say "two" and "four" along with the clicks while tapping your foot in between, then slip in the "three" when you feel comfortable

So: " 2, tap, 4, tap, 2, tap, 4, tap, 2, tap, 4, tap 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4....
 

half diminished

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Oh no, hope that's not where I'm headed! I'm working on 'half time' so counting on beats one and three and 1,2,3,4 over 2 bars. Spells out the chord changes/tones nicely. That sounds way too hard! :w00t:
 

RedBottom

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I get a lot '2s and 4s' in my wind band parts. With the conductor/drummer as a metronome, I sort of think 'oom-cha, oom-cha' at first, thinking the 'oom' and blowing the 'cha'. Sometimes, if I'm not able to play (like when I'm driving, for instance), I do little 'puffs' on the 'cha' as I listen to music.

Probably not conventional but it works for me.:)
 

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