Playing The B Section As 2/4 Groove

Using the 'A A A B' structure to practice changing from the time signature of 4/4 to 2/4.

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 2/4 for the one bar and continue playing a groove. This means the last bar is two beats shorter than the rest.

The structure for this exercise will look like this:

A four bar phrase using 2/4 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 2/4. A note on how the 'B' section has been constructed is included.


Example 1

Cut the 4/4 groove in half.

A four bar phrase using 2/4.

Example 2

As above but use the second half of the groove.

A four bar phrase using 2/4.

Example 3

Play snares and kicks together as quarter notes.

A four bar phrase using 2/4.

Example 4

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

A four bar phrase using 2/4.

Example 5

Play a snare followed by a kick.

A four bar phrase using 2/4.

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.