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Watch the The Clock online guitar lesson by Angus Clark from Essentials: Rock Rhythm Unplugged

One of the most important lessons here is that sometimes it's better to use a pick through an arpeggiated part than your fingers. I've found, particularly when you're being mic'd, the inconsistencies created when a non-fingerstylist uses their fingers can put your performance well outside the norms of consistency that most pop listeners are accustomed to (and get you fired). And if you wind up transitioning to a strum at some point, the switch to using a pick will be jarring to the ear. So here we are using a pick and accuracy becomes a major issue, so slow it down and get it clean.

The change in the pattern and voicings for the second repetition is an arrangement and problem-solving lesson. By switching the string set, we're able to add some nice color tones (the 9th and/or the 6th), but we also create a little puzzle for ourselves on a couple of the G chords. Check out the solutions proposed in the breakdown.

Last thing: Love the F chord, be the F chord. It was the first barre chord I ever learned and it's still the toughest one.One of the most important lessons here is that sometimes it's better to use a pick through an arpeggiated part than your fingers. I've found, particularly when you're being mic'd, the inconsistencies created when a non-fingerstylist uses their fingers can put your performance well outside the norms of consistency that most pop listeners are accustomed to (and get you fired). And if you wind up transitioning to a strum at some point, the switch to using a pick will be jarring to the ear. So here we are using a pick and accuracy becomes a major issue, so slow it down and get it clean.

The change in the pattern and voicings for the second repetition is an arrangement and problem-solving lesson. By switching the string set, we're able to add some nice color tones (the 9th and/or the 6th), but we also create a little puzzle for ourselves on a couple of the G chords. Check out the solutions proposed in the breakdown.

Last thing: Love the F chord, be the F chord. It was the first barre chord I ever learned and it's still the toughest one.