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In this lesson, we'll look at the rhythm guitar part during the verse sections. We're going to stick with a lot of the patterns we used during the intro.

We start on our rhythmic pattern in the E position. We're using the same notes with open E on the 6th string, and B and C# on the 5th string. We play the pattern exactly the same for 4 bars.

Now, we switch to the A chord and we are going to introduce a little variety with the left hand and have the low A, but with E on the 2nd fret, F# on the 4th fret and G on the 5th fret. This subtle move is nice in that it shakes things up a little bit to keep the listener interested but still maintains the groove. We play this pattern for two bars before we return to our pattern in E for two bars. Then, return to the A pattern again for two bars.

The end of the verse gets us to the B chord and we're going to play the same pattern as the A except our left hand will be a little different because we don't have any open strings. Put your left hand index finger on the 2nd fret of the 5th string. Then, your ring finger will be on the 4th fret of the 4th string and your pinky will be on the 6th fret. Then, we have a pretty big stretch to get the pinky up to the 7th fret. You do the full pattern for 1 bar, and then you finish by playing the pattern without doing the stretch.
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