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Don't You Know: Pre-Chorus Rhythm

 

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In the prechorus guitar 1 and 2 will double each other and we're playing a really interesting chord progression with some ensemble hits.

We'll start by hitting a C#mi/G#, so we simply play a regular C#mi and we just add G# on the low E string.

Next we play an open F# power chord then we'll play a C#maj/G#…really interesting change from minor to major here.

After that we jump down to an Amaj triad, where we play the tonic 5th and the 3rd of the chord. Quickly hit it with the band and move up one whole step to a Bmaj triad, same voicing just up one whole step.

Then we land on a G# major and build with 1/4 notes into an open F# power chord. And here we switch to 8th note triplets.

So it's very important that you keep time between the hits here and that you can sense the pulse of the band even though you're not playing. Tap or stomp your foot if you notice yourself missing the hits or coming in either too early or late.

This part is a bit of a stroke of genius. It brakes up the boogie feel, makes a big statement both lyrically and musically. And it builds in to the chorus in a really great way.
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