Playing The B Section As 3/4 Groove

Using the 'A A A B' structure to practice changing from the time signature of 4/4 to 3/4.

This lesson will follow the structure discussed in the 'A A A B' lesson only this time rather then the 'B' being a fill, you are now going to switch to 3/4 for the one bar and continue playing a groove.

The structure for this exercise will look like this:

A four bar phrase using 3/4 for the 'B' section.

Written below are five examples of parts you could play for this structured pattern. In all examples the 'B' is a groove in 3/4. A note on how the 'B' section has been constructed is included.


Example 1

Cut a quarter note off the 4/4 groove. This means you get three bass drums in a row so watch out for that.

A four bar phrase using 3/4.

Example 2

End the groove on a quarter note snare.

A four bar phrase using 3/4.

Example 3

Use the generic 3/4 waltz pattern.

A four bar phrase using 3/4.

Example 4

In this groove you are playing snares or kicks on the '+' counts as much as possible.

A four bar phrase using 3/4.

Example 5

Play snares on the numbered counts and kicks on the '+' counts.

A four bar phrase using 3/4.

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get all phrases up to a tempo of at least 120bpm.
  2. Create your own versions of these patterns.