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Watch the Beat 2 online guitar lesson by Robbie Calvo from Power Phrasing

We’ll now shift our focus to starting our phrases on the downbeat and upbeat of beat 2 within the bar. The first thing you’ll notice is that there is a little more space at the beginning of the bar to let the harmony introduce itself before our melodies begin.

I’ll venture to say that I think you’ll like starting your phrases on the upbeat best - something very appealing about phrases starting on the offbeat!

Let's listen to playing off the down beat of 2.

Okay that's cool, now the upbeat of 2.

Let’s try playing E major on the downbeats and E minor on upbeats.