Watch the 3 Part Grooves 4 online guitar lesson by Matthieu Brandt from Slap, Frail, & Thump
3 Part Grooves 4
With the division of a chord into three parts, we can create the following sounds: the bass, one middle string, the top 2 strings, the top 3 strings, the full chord and the palm slap.
In this section we'll start playing these three part palm slap grooves through some common chord progressions. As you may notice, the precision of the groove may vary a bit depending on the force of the slap, the maximum distance of your hand to the strings and the angle of your hand. Sometimes you can be thrown off by a syncopated bass note or an anticipated part of the chord at the end of a bar. It can also come from strings you want to dampen to make certain melodies come out clearly. Experiment with different forms of left and right hand damping and by varying the accents within a groove.