I have been working on reading 4/4 pieces in cut time but it is not yet easy. My instructor has given me some tough reading pieces in jazz idiom with a lot of syncopated licks. We start in 4/4 and then do the metronome in 2. I do okay in 4/4 but its difficult thinking of this in 2, whether it is jazz or classical, yet for any fast material, it makes more sense to think in 2. My instructor thinks it is crucial and I'm making progress. . My reading approach is mostly accumulated knowledge over the years and a lot of concepts from Carol Kaye videos -- tapping foot down for the downbeat in steady rhythm, working things out by singing, using slash marks for downbeats. My instructor is getting into syllables to cue into, subdividing the beat. That works but it will take a while to get them fully in my thinking before it becomes automatic. Who has reading really down? How would you approach pieces in 2? 1-and-2-and, or ???? Maybe I just have to hang in there and get through this, but does anyone have any suggestions for making this a little easier? Much appreciated.