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Watch the Letter to Alfred online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Essentials: Fingerstyle Blues

Anticipations are a kind of rhythmic equivalent to the articulations we’ve been working with. One slide or hammeron doesn’t make that big a difference, but take them all out and you’re left with something relatively lifeless. Anticipations are just as important. Bringing just a few melody notes an eighth note ahead of the downbeat makes everything sound more syncopated and interesting. And once you get how that works, you can apply anticipations to almost any melody to make it more propulsive and exciting.