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Strumming In 3/4 Time

 
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First let's talk about how to count and understand this new rhythmic feel.

All of this comes down to counting to 3 and starting over instead of 4. So, count: 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, and so on. Instead of: 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, and so on.

4/4 sounds very symmetrical and stable, whereas 3/4 sounds a little more bouncy and waltzy!

Now here's the weird part: even though we now have only 3 counts per bar, we don't call them third notes, but we still call them quarter notes even though there are only three of them.

So we describe this rhythmic feel as a 3/4 time signature because we now only have three quarter notes. Let's try out this rhythmic feel in a simple example.

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Strumming In 3/4 Time