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Anticipations in Rock

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Now let's break down and play through a practice tune that combines the eight note and quarter note anticipations. First we'll break down the different sections, then we'll practice each of them extra slowly with a metronome, and finally we'll rock it all with the backing track.

I hope this tutorial has made you realize what a powerful tool these rhythmic anticipations can be, for everything from rhythm guitar playing to arranging and songwriting. Try listening for these different anticipations on your favorite rock records and see if you can recognize which ones are being used, and count the bars out loud and see where the hits happen.

Sometimes it's only the guitar player or another instrument doing an anticipation, and sometimes it's the whole band. But anticipations happen all the time in rock music, and I hope you'll have fun exploring this rhythmic concept.
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