Playing the 3/2 Polyrhythm on 2 strings
A 3/2 polyrhythm is a rhythm that can be counted either in “threes” or in “twos”.
Let’s see this in action by playing a simple polyrhythm on 2 strings.
Polyrhythms = using conflicting rhythms
Polyrhythm is the simultaneous use of two or more conflicting rhythms (this is the Wikipedia definition).
In this lesson, we will explore the 3/2 polyrhythm. What this means is that we will play a rhythm that could be counted in “threes” or just as easily could be counted in “twos”.
Counting in Threes
There are several ways to ‘count’ triplets
- Count 1-2-3, 2-2-3, 3-2-
- Count One-and-uh, Two-and-uh, Three-and-uh
Below is a single bar with two triplets.
We play the 3rd string open ( the G string )
Counting in Twos
Let’s now just play 4 quarter notes on the 5th string at the 3rd fret.
You could count this as 1-2-3-4 but actually we will count it like this “1 2 1 2”.
(the most important thing is that it is not a triplet)
Putting it all together
Putting it all together – the threes and the twos, it will sound like this.
Play slowly at first and then increas3 speed
Start by playing the pattern by tapping on the guitar like I do in the video.
Then play the twos and threes individually and then combine.
Once you have mastered it, then try to play along to the metronome.
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