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Watch the Putting It All Together online guitar lesson by Rory Ronde from Neo Soul Guitar Guidebook

In the hip hop and soul music we hear nowadays, musical elements are timed in a very peculiar way. The groove is instantly recognizable: Musical phrases typically are shifted slightly away from the regular beat, like we've seen in the section about sequencing. We can also take this approach when we're playing live.

I'd like to show you this with the following example, where we combine a simple chord progression with a melody line. We'll manipulate the timing of these elements to create rhythmic tension and release.