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Watch the Anticipating the Beat online guitar lesson by Tommy Emmanuel from Fingerstyle Milestones

Before I get to the next section of exercises I wanted to tell you a bit about anticipating the melody with the right hand, which is what we'll be concentrating on. You'll find we'll be using this a lot in songs, for instance, there's a Chet Atkins song called Trambone. And if I played without anticipating the melody, it would sound like this. So I use that a lot, in tunes like Bye Bye Blackbird, the very first note is anticipated, and by anticipated I mean slightly ahead of the beat. It has feeling, it has swing to it. In order for you to be able to do that, we're going to have to go through these exercises that get your hand used to playing melodies and arpeggios with anticipated notes. Got it?