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Our next example helps us better understand the idea of playing in 6/8 time. Essentially, we are now playing in a rotation of 6 by using eighth notes instead of the quarter notes that we were using before. This feel is used very commonly in modern rock music, and is a great way to play an interesting rhythm that isn't overly complicated. We can better understand the idea of what playing in 6/8 means by looking at this explanation.

6 = the number of counts given to each measure of music (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, etc.)
8 = the time of note that receives a beat of one (an 8th note, a unit for measuring a 1/2 a beat.)

Working with 6/8 again allows us to examine a time signature that is very effective and unique to rock. Referencing our minor triads from Chapter 2, we are going to demonstrate this time signature using a rock riff in E minor with an added major chord. Not forgetting to count, set your metronome to 176 bpm and try playing this example in the style of Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin.)
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