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Marching Half Time in 6/4

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Marching Trumpet
Marching Half Time in 6/4
September 20, 2007 08:10PM
How do you determine on what beats you would hit the ground when marching in half time in signatures other than 4/4. In our marching band show, we've been marching 6/4, and everybody is having a problem with how we are supposed to march it. Some people say we hit the ground on beats 1 and 4, while others say we hit on beats 1, 3, and 5. I haven't really taken a side, but I'd be interested to see how to divide 6/4 into half time. From what I gather, the ones who say the feet hit the ground on beats 1 and 4 merely divided the time signature from 6/4 to 3/4 and march on the first beats of very "3/4 measure." The ones who claim to hit th eground on 1, 3, and 5 are saying that a foot should hit the ground on every other beat. The band director's official stand is that we march one beat per "3/4 measure." While that does make sense, saying that the feet hit the ground on every other beat makes sense to me too. How would you divide a 6/4 measure: beats 1,3, and 5 or beats 1 and 4?
randy
Re: Marching Half Time in 6/4
October 06, 2007 05:57PM
If the BD says "1 beat per 3/4 measure" that would mean 1(23) 4(56). "1 beat per half note" would be 1(2) 3(4) 5(6)
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