Learn a Classic Two-Bar Rock Rhythm Pattern
Example 6a shows a syncopated rhythm that has become a staple of classic rock, modern rock, and pop. This pattern looks a little different, because it stretches across two measures, but itâ€™s usually played at a brisk enough tempo that it ends up being quite similar to the Diddley variations in Example 5. Strum through this pattern on one chord, and you can hear the verse rhythm behind the Strokesâ€™ â€śLast Night,â€ť the rhythm pattern behind Hall and Oatesâ€™s â€śManeater,â€ť or the recurring anthemic rhythm in the Doorsâ€™ â€śTouch Me.â€ť But you can also switch chords in the middle of this rhythm to get a sound similar to the Young Rascalsâ€™ â€śGood Lovinâ€™â€ť (Example 6b).
Excerpted from Acoustic Rock Essentials
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