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Understanding & Feeling The 16th Note Rhythm

 

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16th Note Strumming Pattern

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First let's count out, strum and feel the rhythm of a 16th note based groove. As always we have 4 beats to the bar: “1 2 3 4”. And up until now we've used 8th notes, which we verbalized “1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and”.

Now to feel the 16th notes you just add the upstroke in between the downstrokes. We verbalize this “1-e-and-a 2-e-and-a 3-e-and-a 4-e-and-a”. Try and strum this and emphasize or accent the downbeats. That's really all there is to 16th notes in it's most basic form.
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