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Rhythm, Time, and Feel

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By just shortening our idea of 4/4 by one beat, we have completely changed the vibe of our playing and how the song inevitably feels. Playing in 3/4 is just one of many time variations that can add a wide variety of rhythms to your rock guitar playing. We can better understand this idea of 3/4 by looking at the following explanation.

3 = the number of counts given to each measure of music (1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 etc.)
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4 = the kind of note that receives a beat of one (a quarter note, a unit for measuring 1 beat.)

We have now changed the rotation in our example to counting in 3, as opposed to 4 from our previous example. Again, always count out loud and use your metronome to better grasp these concepts of time. We will demonstrate the use of this time signature with a series of barre chords and octaves. Setting the metronome to 160 bpm, let's trying a 3/4 example in the style of Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead.)
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