Laid-Back Modern Rock Groove

Posted by Andrew DuBrock

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Some modern rock and pop tunes get a boost by injecting a laid-back groove with a 16th-note swing feel. Example 7a shows one common syncopated groove you can get with this feel, and Example 7b shows how you might embellish it to sound similar to Train’s hit “Drops of Jupiter.” 

Excerpted from Acoustic Rock Essentials: Ten Great Rock Strumming Patterns

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