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Rock Guitar Lessons: Syncopated Shuffle

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One, two, three, four.
This is such a cool rhythm.
I love the accents in this.
I'm just gonna scratch 'em out for a
second, so
you can sort of think of what the rhythm
is without the notes.
Just the.
[SOUND] That is a really
groovy rhythm.
I just love that accents and the
syncopations that happen in there.
Cuz now, we're not only doing a shuffle,
we're adding those syncopated beats that
happen in between when the foot is
hitting the down beat, and I think that's
a great sound and a great technique.
So let's check it out.
It's all based around a B note, [SOUND]
and we're just adding notes on top.
what's the pedal tone like, where it keeps
going back to this beat, [SOUND] as a low.
It's called a pedal tone where you have
one note that keeps repeating and
then other notes sort of bounce back off
of it, you know.
[SOUND] You know, the, the bottom note
always stays the same.
So this is doing it but with that cool
So lets look at the notes.
We have [SOUND] two Bs, then an open D.
[SOUND] Don't need any hands for that,
just open.
And then we do an E.
[SOUND] Same, we use the same finger for
[SOUND] But we can't bar it in this case
cuz we wanna, [SOUND] see,
kind of jump over.
[SOUND] That's gonna be a good, nice jump.
Then we have the flat five.
[SOUND] The blue note.
I don't know if we've talked about that
interval, but we have our regular fifth.
[SOUND] Which is one, two, three, four,
And if you flat it.
[SOUND] Flat means to go down a fret, or
down a half-step.
That's a flat five.
That's a note that makes your face go.
There's a good sounding note.
Oh, ho, ho.
Get the photographers out for that note.
[LAUGH] I love it.
All right.
So let's try it real slow.
One, two, three, four.
And I should discuss the picking.
I'm doing a downstroke at the beginning.
[SOUND] Actually, two downstrokes, then
most of my accents are upstrokes.
So I'm going up, up, up, [SOUND] and then
a down at the end.
[SOUND] Up, up, up, down.
Let's try that again slow.
One, two, three, four.
[SOUND] Up, up, up.
Up, up, up.
The, that's, that's just really important
to get those, those strokes that way.
So, I wanna emphasize that.
One, two, three, four.
And then when we reverse the notes.
[SOUND] The picking is the same.
So we'll still go.
[SOUND] Up, up, up, down.
So the picking, once we get it, it's
always consistent.
We just reverse the, the melody notes on
All right.
Let's listen to it one more time.
One, two, three, four.
Now okay.
Now I really want to hear when you play
this, I want to hear you play it with your
foot, so have that in between, cuz then
you really hear the coolness of
the syncopation, how it works in between
those down beats.
Let's try it again a little bit slower.
One, two, a three, four.
Nice clean notes.
Let's try it with some distortion and some
more muting,
cuz I'm muting it a little bit to keep it
under control.
One, two, three, four.
And I think you're ready for up to speed.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.