A Classic Blues Rhythm Pattern
Blues and rock are two styles that are heavily intertwined, and the rhythm pattern in Example 3 instills more of a bluesy sound into your rhythm simply because itâ€™s a common rhythm pattern in blues tunes. Try it with a swingy triplet feel to sound like the Beatles on â€śRevolution.â€ť Or, try it with straight eighth notes to get a blues-rock feel like Chuck Berryâ€™s â€śJohnny B. Goodeâ€ť or the Beatlesâ€™ â€śCome Together.â€ť You could play this with all downstrokes on slower songs, but youâ€™ll likely find alternating between down- and upstrokes much easier for uptempo songs. Stretch out your little finger to grab the five-fret span in the third measure andâ€”if you find this stretch too difficultâ€”you can play the regular G5 power chord throughout the measure.
Excerpted from Acoustic Rock Essentials
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