In my most recent post, I talked about two of the three components that are needed to find the groove.
2) A Feeling
3) The Subdivided Beat
Today, we’ll talk about what it means to subdivide a beat.
You already know that the meter is the consistent beat that we count (example 1 – 2 – 3 – 4). The subdivided beat is the rhythm in between the meter.
Step 1 –
Walk around the room to a steady beat (meter) and count to 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 on each step.
Repeat this process until you get comfortable with feeling the meter.
Step 2 –
After you are comfortable with the meter, subdivide the beat by patting on your leg in 2’s. (The first pat will be on a number and the second pat will not be on a number).
Continue this process until you feel comfortable.
Step 3 –
Now that you have the patting 2’s down, subdivide the beat by patting your legs in 3’s. (The first pat will be on a number. The second and third pat will not be on a number)
Step 4 –
Did you feel the difference between patting in 2’s & 3’s? Practice walking and interchanging the subdivided beat in 2’s & 3’s. Make sure the feeling gets into your body.
Various genres of music tend to be subdivided in beats of 2’s or beats of 3’s. When you are listening or participating in a musical performance, find the groove by listening for the meter, the beats that are being accented, and see if the subdivided beat is in groups of 2’s or 3’s.
Here’s a clip of the Urbana09 International Student Track Worship Team in practice and a few performances playing songs in different grooves. When we first started, there wasn’t one person that exhaustively knew how to play or sing every song in its proper way. We had to learn from each other and we had to practice a lot to get close to sounding good for the genre we were performing.
As you watch the video, try to find the grooves. Let me know how it goes and what you think.