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Rhythm, Time, and Feel

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Now that we have began to explore time signatures and their use, we are going to now take a look at how to examine the feel of our rhythm guitar playing. The feel dictates the stylistic approach we put into our playing, and their are about 3 essential feels in rock; straight, shuffle, and swing. To play straight is essentially that, you play very on top of the beat and apply little to no variation to the pulse of the music. Playing straight is very traditional in rock music, and the feel itself covers a wide basis of rhythm styles. Setting the metronome at 100 bpm, let's take a look at an example played with a straight feel in the style of Dave Navarro (Janes Addiction.)
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