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Rock Guitar Lessons: Feeling the Motion

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One, two, three, four!
All right, these are some big motions that
I'm using to play this riff.
My right hand's, you know, swinging all
through the air and
really selling it to the audience and I'm
just having a great time playing it.
So, you know, we've done a lot of
we've done a lot of down strokes and up
And, and learned all about how to control
the syncopations and the string noise.
And this particular riff I think
is just a great example of all those
things rolled into one.
So it starts off with a power chord in B
Those both were down strokes.
And then there's a little pause
Pause and then
You begin an upstroke
A down, these are two single notes
So you get two single notes thrown in the
middle of all these chords and
then we have a two-note chord with your
first finger
On the two middle strings
And it really makes more sense if you put
it together and
you have this
strumming motion.
Even when you don't strum, you, the motion
is still there
So the thing I wanna point out is that
this e note
that's the first of the two single notes.
Always happens with an upstroke so
down, down up, up, up.
It's sort of a
a way you can sort of keep things in,
in time and you just remember that's
always and up and
that'll be a little mental cue card for
So one, two, three, four!
End it with a big up.
And but again, it's all inside this sort
of rolling grid of rhythm.
That is, that is that.
It's down up, down up, down up.
And the reason that some notes are ups is
that they're syncopated,
they're on the beat between the main
downbeats, and
so that's where the upstrokes are and the
main downbeats are down strokes.
It's all sort of fits together that way.
All right, so let's try this out one more
I'm gonna give you one little secret to
make this sound cooler.
And that's when you get to this top chord.
You can bend it just a little bit.
That just sort of gives it
a little bit of attitude.
Tiniest bit.
You know, it's almost imperceptible, but
I've, I've noticed I was doing that so
I wanna, I wanna show that to you as well.
One, two, three, four!
Now because I'm in guitar teacher mode,
I'm sitting down, but I really recommend
that you stand up for this cuz it's,
it's such a good standing up rock riff.
One, two three, four!