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Motown Guitar 101

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Because of the limitations of how they used to record back in the "hitsville" days, the backbeat came to be one of the most recognized guitar parts when people talk about the Motown sound.

This is because it supports the very essential feel of the snare drum and helps it cut through the other instruments.

You could say it has the same relationship to the snare drum as a bass line has to the bass drum.

Most of the Motown guitar arrangements were divided up between two or three guitar players, we're gonna look at them separate but also combine a few.
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