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B Open - Metric Pulses in 3/4

Moving down the musical alphabet one more letter, we arrive at the pitch B.

On the staff, the note B is written on the middle line.

To play the pitch B, find string number 2 on your guitar and pick the string open.

Practicing in 3/4 Time


Measure 1 is showing a new rhythm in 3/4 meter. A half note begins on beat number 1 and rings through beat number 2. There is a quarter note which begins on beat number 3 and rings until beat number 1 in the next measure.


Count out loud as you play measure number 1. Try your best to sing the pitch B, Instead of only speaking the count.


Measure 2 has a familiar 3/4 rhythm. The picking directional symbols are arranged for playing the complete line of music. When you are playing an odd note group, your picking direction will alternate on the first note in consecutive groups.

For this reason, you must become familiar with starting a note group with either a down stroke or an up stroke. Play practice measure 2 and start on beat number 1 with an up stroke of the pick. Sing and count as you play the music.

Metric Pulses in 3/4

There is a common arrangement of strong and weak pulses that define the metric nature of music played in 3/4 time.

Beat number 1 is the strongest pulse, beat number 2 is weak, and beat number 3 is weak. A graphic of beat pulses in 3/4 meter might look like this:

          1       2      3

As you play measure number 2, use exaggerated dynamics to bring out the common arrangement of pulses more clearly. Even though each of the quarter notes will ring for the same duration, play beat number 1 with the greatest force, play number 2 softly, and play beat number 3 softly.

Metric pulses in music are usually more subtle, but practicing in this way will help you understand the nature of 3/4 meter.

Practice Measure 3

Measure number 3 contains only a dotted half note, so its time to remove the measure numbers and change the double barlines to single barlines.

When you play this line of music, do your best to keep singing the count while you alternate your picking direction.

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