#1
I know that in 2/2 a half note gets one beat while in 4/4 a quarter note gets one beat.

Still, I can't tell the difference between them. When I play something in 2/2, I play it the same way I would in 4/4. For me, it doesn't seem to matter whether it says 2/2 or 4/4. Is there supposed to be a difference in the way the two time signatures sound? All I see is a technical difference.
#2
The difference is more of a feel thing rather than a real technique thing; a drummer would know the difference between 2/2 and 4/4 a lot more than your average guitarist will. Think of 2/2 as being short-hand for "half time feel".
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#3
Thanks for the reply man.

I can definitely feel the difference between 3/4 and 4/4, but not between 2/2 and 4/4. Any good popular songs that use 2/2 timing?
#4
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Any good popular songs that use 2/2 timing?
You could think of Maiden's "Aces High" as 2/2 with the tempo as H=120 (half note=120) rather than 4/4 with Q=240 (quarter note=240).
#5
So in 2/2, a half note is supposed to get one beat. I have the habit of tapping my foot twice whenever I see a half note. Should I just look at this half note as I do a quarter note in 4/4 (a.k.a. tap my foot once)?
#6
I'll assume you know that Maiden song.

You could count it "1 2 3 4" really fast, or you could count it "1 and 2 and." In the second count, you're tapping for foot half as fast.


You would use 2/2 time only when something is really fast. You generally don't want to write your tempo above 200.


"Should I just look at this half note as I do a quarter note in 4/4 (a.k.a. tap my foot once)?" The answer to that question should be obvious now, but if not, yes.