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On A Tuesday: Voicings & Strumming

 

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First let me show you how the main strumming pattern for this song. We're gonna be using a capo on the 1st fret, but if you don't have that you can always just play it down a half step or you can even tune your whole guitar up a half step (if you're careful not to break the strings).

This song is in "cut time". Cut time is used when it's too fast to count "1,2,3,4" over and over again. It's more laid back than that, so instead we count "1, 2, 1, 2", where 1 and 3 would be. Then we count the subdivisions as "1 e and a 2 e and a, 1 e and a 2 e and a", etc. Try and play the strumming pattern and count it the two different ways. The cut time counting makes it more laid back, and the fast "1,2,3,4" makes it feel like punk.

So technically we would notate cut time in 2/4 with sixteenth note subdivisions, but for ease of reading we notate it as 4/4 with eight note subdivisions, but with the cut time symbol (C) telling us how to "feel it".
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