Accenting 2 and 4

Now that we've explored the most basic version of our country strumming pattern, let's take it one step further. You may have noticed that beats 1 and 3 feel very "heavy". This is where the bass drum typically lands, and these are called the "down beats". You may also have noticed that beats 2 and 4 feel light and that's where the snare drum typically lands. These are called "Back beats". Now let's try to emphasize the "backbeats" in our basic strumming pattern.

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