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.
It is helpful to tap the 2/4 beat with your foot to connect to the groove of songs written in cut time.
Think of the 2/4 beat as a sideways motion.
Lots of Brazilian music originates in circle dances, and so this "side-to-side" became an essential component of the groove.
Glad that Jovino did this lesson: however I’m not really any further forward in understanding this. I would have found a more detailed walk-through more helpful – for example, actually demonstrating how the 2 beats fill the bar and perhaps more practice exercises to try until I get the hang of this. As it stands I now feel I need to look elsewhere for a more in-depth lesson.Ask questions and get instant replies from our team of teachers. Get Started With PianoGroove Pro.