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Let's Syncopate Full-Measure Variation #1


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Acoustic Fingerpicking Step-by-Step, Level 1B

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In this lesson, we'll take the Variation #1 of the fingerpicking pattern that we have been working on, and we will alter the rhythm by syncopating it. This lesson also contains a playalong, so you can practice this new skill in a structured context.

When you syncopate the pattern, you take the rhythm and give it a little slant, so it sounds less like a "walking" rhythm, and more like a "skipping" rhythm. This rhythm works great for many contemporary acoustic styles, including folk, country, jazz, and blues.

Here is the chord progression for the playalong exercise in this lesson:

//: C / E7 / Am / F ://


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