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Hip-Hop Guitar: Introduction

 

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Hip-hop is generally shaped by the bass and the drums, but the guitar is very important in adding some texture, mood, rhythmic punches and elements, and accentuating the lyrics.

A lot of these beats we'll use to play over are "broken", as you often hear in hip-hop. You'll feel the playing as kind of "lazy" or laid off the beat, and that is typical in this style. The idea is to get into a pure feel or groove with this type of music.