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Cosmin Lupu
post Jul 7 2011, 09:11 AM
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In rock/ metal, the first beat is usually a very important element which if used properly, can add a huge dose of power to your riffs and playing in general.

How good are you with using this element - coming up with riffs emphasizing it, or being able to work with your drummer (if you play in a band) in order to get the most out of the first beat?

Check out the riff below and see how powerful it feels because of the strong emphasis on the first beat:



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Bogdan Radovic
post Jul 7 2011, 10:16 AM
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As a bass player I have huge appreciation for the first beat! smile.gif
If you can keep it hard on the one it will groove.

Here is funny video by Bootsy Collins about the importance of one :



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post Jul 7 2011, 10:20 AM
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ha! Bootsy is the man!!! biggrin.gif a true walking definition of cool funky grooves!


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post Jul 7 2011, 12:19 PM
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AC/DC is one of the bands that utilize this a LOT, and nobody dislikes ACDC, so they must be doing something that works biggrin.gif



Here's a legendary example of first beat emphasizing, with combinations of playing 8th note ahead of the first beat on some riffs too (important technique as well).


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post Jul 7 2011, 02:18 PM
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Indeed, when it comes to 4/ 4 down on the floor, AC/DC is the thing to think about wink.gif


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QUOTE (Bogdan Radovic @ Jul 7 2011, 11:16 AM) *
As a bass player I have huge appreciation for the first beat! smile.gif
If you can keep it hard on the one it will groove.

Here is funny video by Bootsy Collins about the importance of one :



this is pretty cool


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