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Playing effective rhythm is more than simply learning how to strum along with a beat—it involves finding the unique groove that fits each song best, whether that’s integrating strummed passages with bass notes, palm muting, syncopation, accents, or other techniques. In this feature, we take a look at seven popular strummed rock rhythm patterns that you can use or adapt for your own songs.


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