Watch the Beat 4 online guitar lesson by Robbie Calvo from Power Phrasing

In this segment we’ll be starting our phrases on the downbeat and upbeat of beat 4. A lot of space at the beginning of the bar this time but your phrases will be going over into bar 2. Keeping track of where you are in the grand scheme of things will present another challenge especially if you are only designated a set number of measures in which to play. Stay sharp and count if you have to - eventually you’ll feel this naturally and won’t have to count.

You may want to make a note of the fact that this is a great place to phrase any transitional fills between song sections or within vocal phrases. This is because you are towards the end of the bar and a lot of the time a vocal phrase will have ended by then, not always but you’ll hear what I mean when you play over the track.