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Our 8 bar INTRO kicks off with a bare minimum of instrumentation, bass, acoustic and slide guitar. The first 4 bars are "naked" with just bass and our acoustic guitar setting up the groove. The greasy slide guitar kicks over the second 4 bars. It's up to us to hold it down until the rest of the band kicks in! We'll be using our BASIC STRUM for this entire section, shuffling it for a strong emphasis on beats 2 and 4.

A / / /
A / / /

WE'LL THE REVIEW BASIC STRUM DISCUSS HOW GROOVE IS AFFECTED BY WHICH BEATS ARE EMPHASIZED. COUNT IT!!!!


The 16 bar VERSE continues on the A Major chord for 4 bars, followed by one anticipated bar of C Major and one anticipated bar of G Major then returning home for two bars of A Major. This pattern is repeated twice for a total of 16 bars:

A / / /
C G A /
+1 2 3 4 + 1 2 3 4 + 1+2+3+4+
A / / /
C G A /
+1 2 3 4 + 1 2 3 4 + 1+2+3+4+


IMPORTANT to note the TIMING for the anticipated C and G chords in the 2nd 4 bars of the structure. This means we'll be changing chords on beat 4+, or the last up stroke of our BASIC STRUM pattern. Let's identify that by doing a little counting. It's very important to understand the rhythmic structure of what you are playing, so that you are able to "feel" how these changes work. mixing it up rhythmically is one of the strongest tools we have as rhythm guitar players!

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