Watch the Mystic Journey: Rhythm 1 online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Jam Night Vol. 1

This example begins with what is known as a first inversion triad, which means that the third of the chord is sounded as the lowest note. Incorporating first inversion chords into rhythm parts is a great place to start when looking to broaden one's approach to rhythm on a specific song. With the index finger barred at the second fret, I hammer into the major third of D, F#, with the ring finger; this motion is performed repeatedly on the downbeat of one and the upbeat of two in each of the first four bars of the example. Additionally, a melodic line executed with pull-offs falls on beat four. For A, the five chord, I simply alternate between an index finger barre to sound A, and the addition of the ring and middle fingers to sound D/A.

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