Alternating eighth notes and rests

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What notes you play are only half the story. The other story is the rhythms.

One interesting and useful rhythm is to alternate eighth notes and eighth note rests.
It can spice up even the most stupidly simple riff, such as descending down the pentatonic scale.
Check it out!

[audio:https://www.claudejohnson.com/blog/audio/lick-sep-27-2010.mp3]

If you need help counting this out – try it first on a single note.
Count: ONE – AND – TWO – AND- THREE- AND – FOUR – AND, and
just play notes on the ONE TWO THREE FOUR, leaving a rest
while you’re saying AND.

Rock it!!! – Claude

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