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Rhythm: Acoustic Strumming Variations

 

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There are a few slight variations in strumming patterns and accents that need to be addressed throughout the song. Most notably is the breakdown strumming pattern in the 3rd Verse that happens immediately after the guitar solo. The second pattern to pay particular attention to is the picking at the very end of the song.

The musical hook of this song is actually the strumming itself. This acoustic strumming pattern is fairly common, but in this song it is instantly recognizable. Notice how the strumming sometimes follows the vocals.

Also notice how in the midst of the strumming pattern, you have fundamental accents on the 2 and 4 of the bar. This really roots the strumming part to the pulse of the tune.
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