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Watch the The Basics online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Funk Fission

Here’s where you can put those scratches into action while testing out the min7(4) voicing I showed in the previous segment. With a simple drum sequence comprised of consecutive 16th notes played by a snare and kick drum, I play a 5th position Dm7(4) as a chord stab for two bars at a time emphasizing a specific 16th note subdivision that is marked by the snare. Throughout the drum sequence the snare’s placement within the set of four 16th notes per beat shifts every two bars. Starting with a ‘downbeat stab’ for two bars, I continue stabbing the Dm7(4) through the next three subdivisions within the remaining six bars.

Take note, while the term downbeat is used universally to describe the actual pulses to which we equate beats, I, along with most of the working musician community, also use the term to describe just the first pulse of an organized group of beats (meter). Keep that in mind throughout this course as I often freely interchange between the two meanings.