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Watch the Phonetics online guitar lesson by Annie Raines from Blues Harmonica Blueprint

This is very similar to the in-out-in-rest; we’re still going to breathe in, out, and in, but this time we’re going to come in ahead of the first beat and end the phrase on the third downbeat. We’re also going to double up on a couple of chords and use phonetics to sharpen up the rhythm. You use phonetics constantly when you speak, but ordinarily you only talk when you’re breathing out. Hitting "t's" and "k's" while breathing in takes a little retraining but it will pay dividends in sharp chord rhythms and rich, bell-toned bends.

The most important part of the breathing in this exercise is when you’re not playing at all. A short inhale/exhale on the rest will keep you in the groove between phrases.