INTERMEDIATE THEORY
TUITION
MEMORISE
A LICK OR TWO
USING GROUPINGS
LIKE THESE AND
TRY US
I
NG THEM
f jT O IMPROVISE
OVER 5 /4
ONE OF THE
SIGNATURE'S
MORE COMMON
FEELS"
In
Example 3
we'll start subdividing the beat with 16th notes. You'll recognise the accent patterns in
the first, third, and fourth measures from the first two examples. The fifth and sixth measures of the
example feature more advanced groupings of 16ths: 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 2 and 3, 2, 3, 2, 3, 2, 3, 2. You may not
run into patterns like these as much the others, but if you know them it can be really helpful. Memorise
a lick or two using groupings like these and try using them to improvise over 5/4 against one of the
signature's more common feels - a very interesting effect can be created, and if you nail it you'll probably
turn your bandmates' heads.
In
Example 4
we'll play the patterns from the first two examples over some simple chord changes.
Once you're comfortable with these basics, try using some of the other patterns over the same
progression. As with any odd meter, 5/4 will feel a lot less “odd” once you become familiar with it.
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