3/4 and 6/8 reading

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  1. Bassic Playing

    Bassic Playing

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    Hey guys,

    So in the near future I am going to be required to learn some songs in 3/4 and and 6/8 time. Now while my sheet music reading is decent, I don't get much call for it, so I'd really like to polish up. Can anyone name some tunes in 3/4 or 6/8 for me to practice learning and playing?
  2. Groove Master

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    How about All Blues? It can be written in 3/4 or 6/8 like many jazz tunes in imo.
  3. Clef_de_fa

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  4. Stick_Player

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    OP, maybe you already know this, 6/8 is a Compound Meter, 3/4 is not.

    6/8 can be have 3 groups of two-eighths, or 2 groups of three-eighths.

    A "most famous" example of 6/8 AND 3/4 (an interchange of the two meters), is "America", from West Side Story.

    There are tons of tunes using these two meters.

    All Blues is a great suggestion. I have seen that one in 6/4. :eek:

    Someday My Prince Will Come, A Child is Born, Norwegian Wood, on and on.
  5. Bassic Playing

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    I am aware of what the time signatures are. I'm just looking for some songs in them I can practice on, mostly in the rock genre.
  6. Reddog01

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    My absolute favorite group of all time is Chicago. In addition to that, I think that Chicago !! is the best album ever recorded. If you can get your hands on it, listen to "The Road." It begins with a perfect example of the alternating between the 1,2,3 / 4,5,6 feel and the 1 and, 2 and, 3 and feel. Also on that same CD listen to "Color My World." It's in 6/8. There are probably more example on that CD also.
  7. Stick_Player

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    Sorry, professor. Most don't know, especially concerning Compound Meters. Your initial post blurred the two together.

    There's your problem. MOST music in the "rock genre" is in 4/4. Most rock players can't get past: || Kick - Snare - Kick - Snare ||

    :eek::D
  8. Bassic Playing

    Bassic Playing

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    I know it's my problem, that's why I have enlisted your help :D Sorry that the OP was unclear. Basically, I am just looking for some songs in 6/8 (mostly) or 3/4 so that I can really get a feel for it.
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    Allman Brothers:
    Hot' Lanta
    Whipping Post
    Dreams
  10. Clef_de_fa

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    Nothing else matters by Metallica is in 6/8
  11. Groove Master

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    To me 3/4 is easy to read but try to get some Gospel or some R&R in 6/8 or 12/8 with 16ths notes. That will make you work on your reading :smug:
  12. LagBox

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    "Nights in White Satin" is in ¾ IIRC
  13. davidhilton

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    Windows
    Alice in wonderland
    Bluesette
    Wildflower
    Simone
    Footprints
    Afro Blue
    All Blues
    Equinox
    Waltz for Debbie
    Very Early
    Inchworm
    My Favorite Things
    Some Day My Prince will come
    Up Jumped Spring
  14. Bassic Playing

    Bassic Playing

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    Thanks guys, you've all been really helpful :)
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  16. wild4oldcars

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    If you can look past (or get through) the 7/8 section at the beginning, Anthem by Rush it basically what taught me 6/8. 3/4 is a rarer animal in rock.
  17. Roscoe East

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    "Minute By Minute" by The Doobie Brothers.
  18. wrench45us

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    'If you don't know me by now' Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes
    great soul tune in 3/4
  19. Roscoe East

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    "The Man I Used To Be" from Jellyfish's first album

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