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Never Was My Girl: Guitar 1 Rhythm

 

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Guitar 1 plays a solid honky-tonk rhythm figure throughout the entire song. This is a two chord song: A for 3 bars, E for 4 bars, then A for 1 bar make up the entire 8 bar progression that is looped for the entire tune.

Use the open A and E power chord shapes, and add in the familiar move from the 5 note to the 6 note to give the riff that honky-tonk feel. Note the rhythmic accents on the and-of-1 and 3rd beat of each measure, so dig in and make those strums pop out.

Between the accenting and the palm and release muting, this can be a tricky riff to get down. Start slow, get your muscles used to the flow of it, then nudge up to tempo.
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