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Watch the Beat 1 online guitar lesson by Robbie Calvo from Power Phrasing

In this first playing section you will be learning how to shift the start point of your phrases between the down beat and upbeat of beat 1 in a measure of music. Each phrase we’ll play is approximately one bar in length. We will leave a bar of music after each phrase to allow for space and a clear perspective on how each change feels across the backing track.

Let’s play a few phrases over the track starting on the downbeat and listen to how that feels.

Now we’ll play a few phrases starting on the upbeat of 1 to see how that feels.

To really magnify the difference let’s play our downbeat of one phrases using Emaj/C#mi pentatonic and the upbeat phrases using the E minor pentatonic. Sounds pretty cool doesn’t it?!