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In this lesson we'll explore a classic rhythm guitar trick, where you slide into the bass note from a half step below. First let's grab our G chord and apply the regular strumming pattern.

Now the trick is to slide into that very first bass note from a half step below. So put your 2nd finger in the 2nd fret instead of the 3rd fret, pick the note and slide up. The rhythm of that slide would be “1 e”. After that it's just business as usual “1 e and a 2 and a 3 and a 4 and a”.

This is another variation that you definitely don't wanna use all the time, but just at the top of a new section for example. But for now let's do it at the top of every other bar just to practice.
We'll do that 4 times, so a total of 8 bars, and then we'll end on a big G-chord that we let ring.

Now, this works really well with the “stumble” that you learned in the previous lesson. For that you basically just leave out the “and of 1”, so it's 1 e (and) a 2 and a 3 and a 4 and a”.

If you feel comfortable with the basic slide, you can experiment with this, but if the slide is challenging enough all in itself, feel free to stick to that.
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