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Squeezing down to just playing on the 4-3-2 string set, Rhythm 6 points a spotlight on Parliament's iconic "Flash Light." The two-bar rhythm starts with a Cm7 voicing that has no 5th (making it a 7no5 in Mick Goodricke/Berkley speak) and is played throughout bar 1 with a few carefully placed scratches. Bar 2 takes that voicing and lowers the top note (held down by your fourth finger) a half step while the other chord tones remain fingered as they were. Two schools of thought can be applied to the change: In this case, given the bass line, the chord is a Cm6 giving this riff an undeniable Dorian feel. In other instances, this voicing shift can also be applied to a Dorian i-7 to IV7 scenario with great effect.