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Double-time feel ?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Low E Louie, Dec 19, 2005.


  1. On the sheet of a song I want to learn it says "Double-time feel". Does someone feel like explaining what it is?
     
  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    The chords keep on passing at the same rate, but you play twice as many notes!!

    So - it often happens in Jazz where you might start off playing 4 quarter notes to the bar, walking bass line - say over a 32 bar sequence - then bass and drums will (simultaneously hopefully) double the tempo they are playing/feeling - but the 32 bar chord sequence will carry on as before - so you are then playing 8th notes in every bar! :)
     
  3. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Example(1/4 notes):
    lG---B---D---E---lF---E---D---B---l

    Double-timed(1/8th notes):
    lG-G-B-B-D-D-E-E-lF-F-E-E-D-D-B-B-l

    Doubletiming again(1/6th notes)-
    lGGGGBBBBDDDDEEEElFFFFEEEEDDDDBBBBl

    What's cool(sometimes)-
    You can play a Straight-time figure on the bass vs. a Halftime feel on the drums...or the drums may be double-timing vs. a Straight bass figure, etc.

    Sometimes, you may hear a 4/4 drum groove with a snare hit on "3"(say, rather than the 'normal' 2 & 4)...chances are the drummer is playing the snare in halftime vs. the rest of the kit/the rest of the band.