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Watch the D9 Over F# online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Fingerstyle Blues Factory

This lick starts out with the melody landing squarely with the bass before become more syncopated going into the second measure. Syncopated, for our purposes in this course, basically means landing on the offbeats - the "and" of the beat, like when you're counting "1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and." A less syncopated version of this lick would have us hitting the open high string at the top of measure 2, pinching it along with the F# bass on the first beat of the measure. When we play the high E string half a beat early instead, on the and of 4, we "anticipate" the downbeat, which creates the feeling of propelling the music into the next bar. Which is generally considered substantially groovier.