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The B Section

Watchout for the Backstep

The last two measures of the B section is exactly how we ended the A section. So the main measures to focus your practice on are the first two. Measure ten has a new roll pattern that combines forward and backward rolling more than previously seen. If you look at the second half of that measure, you'll notice it's the same as the start of measure 9! It's just presented in a new context.

The real challenge is measure 11. All previous measures have been 4/4, measure 11 is 5/4. This mean there is an extra beat. The phrasing might feel weird because of that. Looping the measure and listening repetitively can really help your ears grow accustomed to that sound. This will also help you when you start to play it.

The last 2/5 of measure 11 is the same as the second half of measure 7 or 3. Make sure to bring your picking thumb down to the second string for the first note you hit when the D chord comes up. Watch the video for an example.

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Now that we've got the A and B sections going, your next step is to put it all together. When you practice the tune as a whole. Practice it repeatedly. It's just like putting in reps when weightlifting. You want to put in multiple reps, multiple days of the week. That's how you get strong.

In the next lesson, we'll take a look at some different licks. This will give you some ideas on how to create variations within this classic tune.