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#1185998 - 04/23/09 05:07 PM Which jazz legend taps on 2 and 4 ?
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Some people talk about tapping on 2 and 4 while playing. I have never seen any jazz piano legends, or bass players for that matter, tapping on 2 and 4 while in performance. Can you name any legends that do it?

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#1186917 - 04/25/09 02:22 AM Re: Which jazz legend taps on 2 and 4 ? [Re: Jazz+]
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Whatever the approach, they still have to subdivide the beat right? So I was taught to do the 2 and 4 in my head while tapping 1 and 3 on my foot.

Thus in this case, the subdivision wouldn't be visible to the audience...
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#1191484 - 05/01/09 09:20 PM Re: Which jazz legend taps on 2 and 4 ? [Re: jazzwee]
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It is common for the drummer to play the hi-hat [press the two cymbals together to make a "chick" sound ] on 2 and 4 and the rest of the band to listen for that.
Common but not a rule.
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#1192315 - 05/03/09 04:16 AM Re: Which jazz legend taps on 2 and 4 ? [Re: Eighty8]
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Any jazz pianist that can play will instinctively feel the 2 and the 4 while tapping on 1 and 3. How could it be otherwise?

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#1193434 - 05/04/09 10:01 PM Re: Which jazz legend taps on 2 and 4 ? [Re: Jazz+]
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exactly. And in my response, I was assuming solo piano. Obviously in a trio gig, the hi-hat already marks 2 and 4 so tapping that seems redundant. Why are you asking the question? Is there someone making a specific claim about the 'best' way to foot tap?
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#1200382 - 05/16/09 11:35 AM Re: Which jazz legend taps on 2 and 4 ? [Re: jazzwee]
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Many experienced players will tell you that the key to a swinging groove is "knowing where ONE is."

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#1200506 - 05/16/09 04:54 PM Re: Which jazz legend taps on 2 and 4 ? [Re: Exalted Wombat]
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What exactly is meant by "tapping" in this context? It must be a stupid question, but I'm curious as to its purpose and why it matters whether it's done on the upbeat or downbeat.

Steven

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