How To Feel 2/4 Time
In this lesson Jovino breaks down and demonstrates how to feel 2/4 time. "Common Time" is what we call 4/4 which a lot of music is written in.
However, Brazilian music is often played in 2/4 – also known as "Cut Time". Brazilian music grooves better when it is written in 2/4 as apposed to 4/4 time.
The Girl From Ipanema
Using the well-known jazz standard, Jovino demonstrates the difference in groove when you are feeling the time as 2/4 instead of 4/4.
The song moves, or ‘steps’ at a 2/4 beat, and which helps to establish the groove of the music and makes it easy for the syncopation to develop.
Gentle "Sideways" Motion
Samba originated from circle dances and so the music carries a side-to-side motion where everyone was stood around in a circle, gently rocking from side to side.
One of the key elements of 2/4 time is to feel this sideways motion.