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Watch the Moving Phrases Across Beats online guitar lesson by Robbie Calvo from Lick Logic

How can we get the most out of our lines and licks? In my Power Phrasing course, we studied the art of moving simple phrases across the beat to make them feel and sound different. Let's take another look at that concept using some simple phrases and see what magic we can create using the rhythmic aspect of our licks.

Rhythmic displacement allows us to change the way our melodic content is perceived. If we place our phrase on the downbeat of the first bar, it has the feeling of immediacy, whereas if we place the same phrase on the upbeat of beat two, it will feel more relaxed and slinky in nature. Let's move a simple phrase across the bar and take a listen to how powerful placement of your licks can be to your style and delivery.