Lesson 18, The 6/8 Time signature
Continuing the 3rd grip, we will also take a look at Time Signatures.
Until now we have played with a 3/4 and 4/4 time signature.
We will add the 6/8 in this lesson.
We will also now include the 4th finger in the 3rd grip.
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Lesson 18 Time signatures
Time signatures explained and moving along to the 6/8 time signature.
What is the best way to look at a time signature, what is the difference between 6/8 and 3/4?
Find all the answers to that in this video.
- Am I playing too fast?
Hover over the video, click on “1x” and choose your speed.
- Do you want to repeat part of the video?
Hover over the video, click on “AB” then set the beginning point with “i” and the end point with “o”.
The first (broken) scale in the 6/8 time signature, in Bb.
The same, but now in Eb.
The last one, in Ab.
Our first song in 6/8 time signature.
Remember to place the 3rd finger away from the 2nd.
You can always compare it with the open string below.
So if you play a 3rd on the E-string, that is the note A, you can compare it with the open A-string (1 octave lower) so you can be sure you placed the finger on the correct spot.
Irish Jigs are dances in a typical 6/8 time signature.
It gives a feeling of lightness, playfulness.
Play it light and maybe with small accents on every pulse, (1st and 4th count in the bar, or, every first of a group of 3).
This is at a study tempo, always begin a bit slow, then gradually, when you are in control, speed it up.
When you are comfortable with 87a you could try a little faster tempo. (The eighth notes are at 145BPM)
For the daredevils, if you want to challenge yourself even more, try it again a bit faster. (The eighth notes are at 165BPM)
This is an exercise to help you play the dotted note in the 6/8 time signature.
If you master this you can start with 89
Another Irish-inspired song in 6/8ths.
Play the song with dotted eighth notes you learnt in exercise 88.