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Home Introduction Modules - 1 Lesson 1a
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LESSON 3 - Getting an Idea of Basic Timing

3a - Understanding the Chord Diagrams

3a - Getting an Idea of Timing

Now we deal with some very simple basics about simple timing and accompaniment using the Forward Roll and the Forward and Backward Roll

(An accompaniment means - to be able to play along  with a tune or song)


There are Two Basic Time Signatures in music to consider for the moment, 3/4 & 4/4 Time. ( Note: 6/8 Timing is like two lots of 3/4 in one bar) See Diagram 2


If you are playing a simple accompaniment to a tune in a four four timing (4/4), you could use the Forward Roll

Thumb, one, two, three,    pick pattern.

Pick    T 1 2 3  This gives a count of 4 beats

Count  1 2 3 4


Simply put - A four four (4/4) timing is basically a tune that has four beats to a bar.


And if you are playing a simple accompaniment to a tune in a three four timing (3/4), you could use a pick pattern Thumb, One, Two.


Pick    T 1 2   This gives a count of 3 beats

Count  1 2 3


A three four (3/4) timing is basically a tune that has three beats to a bar However Picking    T 1 2 can be boring If you are playing a basic accompaniment to a tune in a three four (3/4) timing you could use the Forward and Backward Roll, Thumb, one, two three, two, one, pick pattern.


So a Time Signature of 3/4 can be counted 1  2  3  or 1 & 2 & 3 & See Diagram 2



The Forward and Backward Roll, Thumb, one, two, three, two, one  pick pattern will sound more interesting.

This gives a count of 6 beats that can be counted as


Pick    T  1   2   3   2   1

Count  1  &  2   &  3   &  or you could count it as

Count  1  2   3   4   5   6

Although a bar of music may be 3/4 timing by using a more complex picking pattern you are able to fill out the bar of music and make a fuller accompaniment  

(This can create a feel of 6/8 timing)

Module 3

Module 3 Lesson 3b Module 3 Lesson 2

Diagram  2

Diagram  1

Count  1         2         3        4          5         6

Pick Pattern

 T         1         2         3         2         1