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Tutorial - Acoustic Synergy
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"Acoustic Synergy" - Exercise 2

Sean Conklin 456 lessons

Now we'll learn the strumming section for "Acoustic Synergy". We're going to have the 1st and 2nd strings ringing out through the entirety of this riff. I love the sound it gives when we layer chord changes on top of underlying open-string notes. It can really add a cool dimension to your sound. Once you're done with this lesson, I'd recommend experimenting with alternate tunings with different chords if you haven't already. It's fun! Just make sure you don't break your strings when changing the tuning. ;)

First thing you'll want to observe in the video, is how I keep my strumming hand moving the entire time. It never stops. Make sure your strumming hand does the same, as we need to keep it moving to help our timing and momentum.

While you go through the measures, be watching for the strumming-hand mutes. When you see the "X" symbol in a vertical row on the strings, that means you need to let your strumming-hand fall on the strings to mute them. You should hear a percussive "click" sound when you do that. Also, make sure you keep your hand moving immediately after the mute.

The last thing I'll point out are the occasional slides. You'll see them occur in bars 6, 8, 10, and 12. Make sure the notes sustain properly and don't die out when you're sliding to the next chord.

That does it for the "Acoustic Synergy" tutorial. I hope you enjoyed it! If you ever have any questions, feel free to hit me up in the forums. Also, if you ever make a recording of this piece, be sure to post it in the forums. Rock on and practice hard!

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