I’m having some difficulty determining how i’m supposed to tap my foot when it goes beyond the point where you’re foot and strumming arm are moving in tandem. For instance, with David Gray’s This Year’s Love I (6/8) I believe I should be tapping my foot on the 1 and 4 in 123 456. However, to my knowledge Justin doesn’t (explicitly) teach that in grade 1. I think the app may be helping using the orange circles with the numbers in them (in the count off) and with the bigger dots in the actual bars, in the sense that you should be tapping your foot on the orange-circles-with-numbers / big dots.
So in This Year’s Love on the 1 and 4 in 123 456 and in Hey Joe on the 1st and 3rd dot (whether that’s beat 1 and 3 or 1 and 2, I find it confusing in this particular song).
I sure hope to get some feedback, I’m feeling quite inept on this topic and I’d really like to learn!
I don’t know the song you mention but I am learning House of the Riding Sun which is also 6:8 time which means there are 6 beats in the bar so I am tapping my foot 6 times in a bar.
I suppose you could tap on Beats 1 and 4 but personally I would find that confusing.
Thank you for your reply. I used to tap my foot six times, but that doesn’t seem to fit with the “groove” of 123 456 as opposed to 123456. I’ve done some research on the internet and found many people explaining that you should tap your foot on the 1 and 4.
Also, regarding Hey Joe, the orange circles show 1 and 2 only, not 1, 2, 3, and 4 as in other songs. I’m guessing there must be a reason and it may be connected to foot tapping / counting.
Thank you for your reply. What I don’t understand is this: if the beat is 6 beats to the bar, why does the count at the start (of the song in the app) only count 1 - 2? In 4/4 the count at the start is 1, 2, 3, 4; but for Hey Joe the count off is 1, 2.
I feel like I’m mixing things up, but I can’t put my finger on it. As I understand if the foot tapping is mainly to stay in count, so that’s why it would make sense for me to use the count at the start as base
Justin has a lesson on the web for This Year’s Love by David Grey… I haven’t watched it but it may help with your 6/8 timing… I think Justin recommends to just start with 2 strums - the 1 & 4 but not sure how is best for foot tapping to this rhythm.
While it’s good to learn at first to tap your foot, the purpose of it in the end is to help you keep the time through the piece. So, you might like to experiment and see what works for you. I end up moving my head more so than my foot most times! You want it to feel automatic, like you don’t have to think about it as you play. This is also why we love a good rhythm section…
Looking at the time trainer app, 4/4 is 4 beats with 1 division per beat. 6/8 is 2 beats with 3 divisions. So tapping on the beat in 6/8 would be on those 2 beats (123 456). This Years Love is a (very) slow song, tapping your foot on each division feels awkward compared to the tempo.