Watch the Granola: 3 online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Guitar Cubed
According to Sun Ra "space is the place", and that’s the place where you’re gonna play. So far you’ve seen two and four bar riff ideas throughout Spy Hunter and Stiff Upper Lip Guitar 1 & 2 parts as well as 16 bar Guitar 3 parts. While the latter is of course even, it’s important to see it for what it is: four sets of four bars. More often than not, not only does music move in even numbers, it moves in sets with four being the most common; although two is used often as well. Taking a listen to Granola’s rhythm track you can hear both approaches. First, at the end of each two bar chunk you can hear the kick drum syncopate the pattern cueing the end of the two bars and therefore making the cycle known. The four bar factor is stated by the hi-hat opening up on the upbeat of 4 marking the end of a four bar chunk.
Speaking of the kick drum, listen for the 16th note anticipations into beats 1 and 3 where, in a standard rock beat, you normally hear a downbeat kick opposite of the snare-slapped backbeat. These hits on the fourth 16th of the preceding beats, though seemingly inconsequential, make this beat groove real nice. Be sure to check out the kick drum chart while pressing those headphones to your skull. While you’re at it, key in on the bass line and listen for how it plays “behind the beat” and not on top of the beat. This means the bass player’s notes are struck slightly after the pulse that’s laid down by the drums. This is a great way to loosen things up and is a common practice, albeit it could be other instruments in an ensemble and not just the bass. With that in mind, when listening to Guitars 1 & 2, check out how they do the same to match the feel. All together, this is the basis for Granola’s lax-ified vibe.