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4.M3-Time


4-time is the most familiar metre but it's only one of many possibilities. The first of the alternatives is 3-time / 3 beats in a bar / triple-metre.
For the time being we'll use the time signature 3/4. The top number tells you to count three in a bar, with a stress on 'one'. As before, the lower number indicates that a quarter-note / crotchet lasts for one beat (so a half-note still lasts for two etc.).
Here are all the possible combinations of quarter, half & dotted half-notes in bars of 3/4. Count and clap each one over and over until you get the feel of it. (Pick your own tempo, but you'll need to select a '3-Time' metronome).

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Reading Exercise No.19

Count and clap the rhythm below. It includes all the patterns that you practised above and one over-the-bar tie.

  • Aim for 144bpm
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Here's how that should have sounded.

The Trees They Grow So High

The Trees They Grow So High is an ancient English song with an anti-war message.

  • There are some significant chunks in this tune. You'll find an F major arpeggio in bars 2-4, for instance, and lots of D minor scale-segments. It's worth getting your fingers used to those patterns before you start.
  • Aim for 144bpm.
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Here's how the tune should have sounded (on C, Bb, Eb instruments).