The two feel + other grooves?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by InfinityJaco, Jul 22, 2003.

  1. InfinityJaco


    Jun 5, 2001
    I'm slightly confused on what it means to play a two feel. I always thought a two feel would be cut time, but now i read in a book that two feel is basically playing 2 half notes - correct????
    Also, are there any good ways to sight read music in cut-time or double time, 2/4? or is basically you just need to cut each note in half - which can be difficult sometimes with all the ties and dots and syncopated rhythms?

  2. Jeff Moote

    Jeff Moote Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2001
    Beamsville, ON, Canada
    Well, two half notes, or 2/2 is cut time.

    As for sight reading those that you mentioned...
    -2/4 isn't generally a problem, but it's basically the same as 4/4 except for phrasing... that's how I think anyway.
    -Sight reading in cut time you can basically look at it as either doubling the tempo, or cutting all note values in half... that's all you have to get your head around, but that can be tricky.
  3. ConU


    Mar 5, 2003
    La Belle Province
    A "2" feel is used commonly in jazz as a way of breaking up the monotony of walking through the whole tune.Commonly you might play the statement of the theme in "2" and walk the solo's.It does'nt necessarily mean to just play half-notes though.Do some heavy listening to any jazz standards and you'll get what I mean.
    For any type of sight-reading you have to have the subdivision of the beat "running" along in your head as you play.You have to feel the 16th note pulse.I like to use Ta;so this is what I'm feeling internally as I'm reading syncopated parts:Ta ta ta ta Ta ta ta ta etc.Once I got that internalized,my reading really took off.
  4. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    i see playing in 2 and 4/4 completely different accent-wise. I see 2/2 as a lot more even accross the beats as 4/4 which i think As the heaviest beat as 1, then 3 is a bit weaker, and 2 and 4 are pretty weak.