5/8 To 3/4 In An 'A A A B' Structure

Expand your ideas for short phrases in compound time 5/8 by switching to 3/4 for one bar.

In this lesson you will be learning some four bar phrases that switch between 5/8 and 3/4. The aim of these exercises is to get you comfortable with changing both the time signature and the 'feel' part way through a piece. The switch from compound to simple time can be a bit tricky so don't be afraid to slow the extracts right down. A good tip is to latch onto the eighth note count as this will remain consistent in timing through both time signatures. These exercises are very useful generally as both of these changes are common across all styles of music.

The structure for this exercise looks like this:

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

Written below are ten examples of parts you could play for this structured pattern. I have tried to use a wide variety of ideas for both sections. Remeber to repeat each phrases several times over as you need to be able to swith both into and out of the new time signature without any breaks.


Example 1

A four bar phrase using compound 5/8 and 3/4.


Example 2

A four bar phrase using compound 5/8 and 3/4.


Example 3

A four bar phrase using compound 5/8 and 3/4.


Example 4

A four bar phrase using compound 5/8 and 3/4.


Example 5

A four bar phrase using compound 5/8 and 3/4.


TASK

  • Using the 2 minute rule, get all phrases up to a tempo of at least 130bpm.
  • Create your own versions of these patterns.