Watch the Beat Syncopation 1 online guitar lesson by Matthieu Brandt from Modern Mountain Banjo: Clawhammer & Up-Picking
In these exercises, we're going to work with a different form of syncopation by changing the overall "bum ditty" feel. This works well to create a form of rhythmic tension in a composition or an arrangement. Once you land back on the bum ditty feel, there is a release that feels like you're moving forward again. This will often mean that your right hand and arm motion is broken up. It's still very important to keep the groove going, so keep tapping your foot. Listen to Adam Hurt's "Ducks on the Millpond" for a great example.
We're also going to use Pete Seeger style up picking in some of these examples. If you're not familiar with this style of playing, please check out that segment first. We're in open G, so DGBD with the pedal G.