In the 4/4 Jazz with a 2 feel lesson, I told you that we had a really great play-a-long for you to use to get some real life experience with the 2 feel. Well, here it is.
The song starts in the 2 feel, featuring a relaxed hi-hat pattern. Later in the song you can switch to the ride cymbal to add some dynamics. Play the 2 feel pattern for 16 bars, then switch to the four feel.
When you switch to the four feel, things pick up a little. The cymbal replaces the hi-hat and is played more frequently. When you switch back to the 2 feel, it would be a good time to use the cymbal in that pattern as well. Just play the same pattern on the ride cymbal that you did on the hi-hat.
Play both the 2 feel and the 4 feel for 16 bars and repeat. In this play-a-long the whole thing repeats three times. Towards the end of the song, you may want to switch back to the hi-hat in the 2 feel. Also, feel free to add in some snare and bass drum comping when it feels right to add some flavor.
Download the .mp3 file here…
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