Hold The Beat

by Muris Varajic

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  • Hello GMC and welcome to Hold The Beat lesson! :)

    As the title says, we'll be working a lot on our timing here. The basic idea is quite simple to understand but execution might not be that easy since it really requires your full attention and focus.
    So what we have here are 2 patterns with major and minor versions of both. Patterns are made of 5 notes only so we're not even playing full scale! Major version is in a key of A, minor version is in a key of Am.
    There is no shifting in your fretting hand, everything is in one position, the 7th fret position, D and G strings in use only. But the timing is tricky, we're playing 16th notes all the time while starting our patterns from different spots.

    There are 4 spots to start, all 4 are in first beat:
    - on first beat
    - on second 16th note
    - on 3rd 16th note (or 2nd 8th note)
    - on 4th 16th note

    Technique wise I played the whole thing using legato and a bit of hybrid picking, I used pick only to play first note on D string when it's fretted with index finger,
    everything else is hammer-on. Of course you can play this lesson with alternate picking
    or with any other technique, your choice!

    Tempo is 140 bpm and I used GuitarRig3 for my tone, let me know if you would like the preset tho, happy practicing! :)

    Muris Varajic

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