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3/4 time - how is it played? #1762699
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Hello smile

I'm in the process of (re-)learning to play the piano again, and so now have started up with Greensleeves which is in a 3/4 time. I'm a bit unsure as to how it is played - any of you know of this or maybe have a link so that I can hear the way it sounds?

Greetings,

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Re: 3/4 time - how is it played? [Re: Evalon] #1762703
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I don't know about that specific title, but 3/4 time is three quarter notes per measure. You can have a half note and a quarter note, six eighth notes, a half note and two eighth notes, or really any combination. As long as it equals out to being three quarter notes per measure, just play it as written. As far as I know there isn't some sort of specific technique for 3/4 time.


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Re: 3/4 time - how is it played? [Re: Evalon] #1762714
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The main thing is that it's a different feel to the beats. You will be counting 3 beats instead of the usual 4. There will be one heavy beat followed by 2 lighter beats. The more famous way of saying it is: UM-pa-pa. Any waltz will be in 3/4 time. In addition to Greensleeves, the song My Favorite Things is also in 3/4.

Once you master the feel of 3/4 time, reading the duration of each note is the same as 4/4 time. There will just be one less beat per measure of course.


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Re: 3/4 time - how is it played? [Re: Evalon] #1762745
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Re: 3/4 time - how is it played? [Re: Evalon] #1762782
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its actually very quite simple. i find it easier than 4/4 time. just count 1 2 3. 1 2 3. almost like a dance or waltz


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Re: 3/4 time - how is it played? [Re: Evalon] #1762796
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This might be confusing to you, but I always count greensleeves, 1,2,3,4,5,6....,1,2,3,4,5,6. It seems to make it easier for me to continue the flowing feeling of the song.


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Originally Posted by I4Future
This might be confusing to you, but I always count greensleeves, 1,2,3,4,5,6....,1,2,3,4,5,6. It seems to make it easier for me to continue the flowing feeling of the song.

That makes sense too, Greensleeves sometimes is written in 6/8 time, which means 6 eighth notes instead of 3 quarter notes. It's still grouped in threes though, with one strong and two weak beats. ONE, two, three, FOUR, five six.


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Re: 3/4 time - how is it played? [Re: Brian Lucas] #1763317
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Originally Posted by Brian Lucas
Originally Posted by I4Future
This might be confusing to you, but I always count greensleeves, 1,2,3,4,5,6....,1,2,3,4,5,6. It seems to make it easier for me to continue the flowing feeling of the song.

That makes sense too, Greensleeves sometimes is written in 6/8 time, which means 6 eighth notes instead of 3 quarter notes. It's still grouped in threes though, with one strong and two weak beats. ONE, two, three, FOUR, five six.


That might be why I was thinking that. lol I probably have played a few versions that were in 6/8. I never tried the piece on piano though. Maybe this Christmas season I'll look into it.


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Re: 3/4 time - how is it played? [Re: Evalon] #1763381
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Hi all,

& thanks for replying. I actually didn't know that there's a strong beat on the first note. I will try it out and see how it works ...

Greetings to you all,

Jesper

Re: 3/4 time - how is it played? [Re: Brian Lucas] #1763513
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Originally Posted by Brian Lucas
Originally Posted by I4Future
This might be confusing to you, but I always count greensleeves, 1,2,3,4,5,6....,1,2,3,4,5,6. It seems to make it easier for me to continue the flowing feeling of the song.

That makes sense too, Greensleeves sometimes is written in 6/8 time, which means 6 eighth notes instead of 3 quarter notes. It's still grouped in threes though, with one strong and two weak beats. ONE, two, three, FOUR, five six.


That question came up today from my wife, who is just learning to play piano. Basically why 6/8 vs. 3/4?

I can explain them, how to count them, how to play them. But I can't say WHY, and can't remember it being discussed when I was learning (of course I learned slightly before math was invented, so it is also possible I have forgotten).

Is there some natural emphasis that should occur?

Or is it just choice of the transcriber?

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Originally Posted by Linwood
Originally Posted by Brian Lucas
Originally Posted by I4Future
This might be confusing to you, but I always count greensleeves, 1,2,3,4,5,6....,1,2,3,4,5,6. It seems to make it easier for me to continue the flowing feeling of the song.

That makes sense too, Greensleeves sometimes is written in 6/8 time, which means 6 eighth notes instead of 3 quarter notes. It's still grouped in threes though, with one strong and two weak beats. ONE, two, three, FOUR, five six.


That question came up today from my wife, who is just learning to play piano. Basically why 6/8 vs. 3/4?

I can explain them, how to count them, how to play them. But I can't say WHY, and can't remember it being discussed when I was learning (of course I learned slightly before math was invented, so it is also possible I have forgotten).

Is there some natural emphasis that should occur?

Or is it just choice of the transcriber?

There is a slight difference. Technically in 6/8 time the 4th beat is slightly less accented than the first beat. Let's compare:

My Favorite Things (3/4): RAINdrops on ROses and WHIskers on KIttens.
What Child is This (6/8): what CHILD is this who LAID to rest on MAry's lap is SLEEping

Although, many times, especially in beginner music, the transcriber may choose 3/4 to not confuse the beginner player. But that officially is the difference.


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Brian, thank you.

Re: 3/4 time - how is it played? [Re: Evalon] #1763643
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Note that 6/8 is divisible into two, while 3/4 is not. Technically, 6/8 has two beats per measure, each lasting 1.5 quarter notes or three eighth notes. So 6/8 is duple time like 2/4, while 3/4 is triple time, with three beats per measure.
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