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The Swing Rhythm

By Darren DeFranco

Welcome to level 3 everybody!

Congratulations on making it this far! We’re going to open up section three by beginning a blues study. Blues is incredibly important to guitar because it helped shape many of the styles we listen to today, like rock and metal. Key to understanding the blues is understanding the swing rhythm, and we’ll explain how that works in this lesson.

If you have any questions please let us know!


1) First, just try to play the open strings in a swing rhythm.

2) Then, rotate between a swing and straight rhythm to get practice with each and to understand how they differ.

3) Then, apply a swing rhythm to a chord progression. Try A – D – E – A



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