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Watch the 12 AM: Rhythm 2 online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Rock Guitar 4: Rhythm Principles

12 AM: Rhythm 2 - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Andy Aledort and is sourced from Jam Night Vol. 2.

Starting on the D chord, the fifth, A, and the second, E, are fretted on the B and G strings, and the ring finger is used to hammer onto the F#, 11th fret of the G string; you will find examples of this country-like "Floyd Cramer" lick in Jimi Hendrix songs like, "Bold as Love," "Little Wing," and "Castles Made of Sand." This figure is then moved down the fretboard to reference the B, A and G chords. Once settled into the verse, sliding doublestops sixths apart are played over the tonic, E, and the fourth above, A: the sliding sixths played over E are fretted on the B and D strings and the sixths played over A are fretted on the G and high E strings. In this way, this rhythm includes inherent complementary melodic content. While strumming the two-note shapes, be sure to mute the unfretted string that is positioned between the fretted strings with the fretting hand. I stick with G string/high E string sixths for the B to A repeated chordal movement at the end of the verse progression, and at the return to the chorus, I follow chordal stabs with more sliding sixths and then wrap up the idea with the same hammered figures that began the pattern.