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Watch the Straight Eighth Notes online guitar lesson by Brad Carlton from Guitar Lab: Shuffle Secrets

This lesson explains the concept of straight eighth notes. Straight eighths are simply an equal division of the quarter notes explained in the previous lesson. When you tap your foot, the moment your foot hits the ground represents the first eighth note and when your foot is up it corresponds with the second eighth note. These are counted: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +. A very important rule to remember is: your foot is down when you say the number and your foot is up when you say the “and”.

You will receive a drum groove track which will establish this rhythmic concept. Spend time counting and playing along with the track so you are rock solid in your understanding of this rhythm.