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.