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Example Four
In this example we are playing a "bump dit-ty" followed by two single notes. This creates count of "1 2& 3 4" in each measure.
Play this back-to-back with example one. In example one we were playing three quarter notes followed by two eighth notes. In this example it's a quarter note, two eighth notes and two quarter notes. It's the same notes, but by changing the sequence (rhythm) we end up with something that sounds completely different.
Example Five
In this example we have combined elements from two of the earlier examples. The count fo r this exercise is "1 2& 3 4, 1 2 3 4&"
Example Six
Nothing changes when you add a chord into the mix. In this example we are working out of an F chord.
Example Seven
In this example we are working out of a chord progression. Once you can play this smoothly make up some of your own exercises to blend quarter note runs with chord progressions.






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