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In my approach to rhythm guitar, I work in many situations where a groove and vamp are the most important part of the music. To thicken up the approach to groove, I'll use chords stacked in fourths with the high note of each chord outlining the E Minor Pentatonic scale.

We'll learn the stacked fourths to outline the scale and then play them over a backing track. By using the E Minor Pentatonic scale, we have a basis for Melody, by stacking fourths we accentuate Harmony, and by using muted and accented pick hand patterns we incorporate Rhythm. These are the 3 main components to my playing.

For you harmony sticklers, you'll notice I'm not sticking to strict pentatonics or modes in my fourth voicings. I keep a "constant structure" approach to these chords and stack the fourths as pure fourth intervals found in the position on the neck where I'm playing. Have fun!

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