DESTROY The First Beat! – what a famous rock band teaches us about tension and rhythms [CL Ep.62]

welcome to your corridor get our lesson of the week today I have a question for you when you count the pulse of a song one two three four one two three four which one of those numbers is the most important to organize your song to identify where your measures change where your sections of your song change of course it's the one it's the backbone of your song and it's so important that usually in your recording software it changes pitch on your metronome or your click right it goes like tick tick tick because it's easier to locate where your measures change when you record your song so since it is so important it is predictable that you fall back on the one write in the same way that if you create tension harmonically with your chords if you expect them to resolve at some point right it's the same thing you can create tension with your rhythms and resolve them in the same way that you could do it with quartz so you see where I'm going since it is expected and predictable that you play on the one on the downbeat maybe you should not play on the one and I have a perfect example to illustrate that where it creates tension in this song and it's just a surprising and very cool trick to add on to your riff it's from a famous rock band you will probably recognize this song but I won't tell you the title until after I played it so let me put my distortion pedal on and this is the song yes of course it's monkey wrench from the Foo Fighters and I listen to monkey wrench a few days ago and I remembered why I was so addicted to this song it is because of this trick of missing of destroying the downbeat destroying the one on your measures to create tension so when you hear that that chord here that is delayed it creates so much tension you are drowned back to the riff you want to hear it and it happens on the second beat instead of the one in it's just a punch to the face I love it so much so the way that Dave Grohl could have approached writing this riff the easier way would have been to fall on the downbeat right it would have been like one two three four one two but instead he put silence on the one so you are like where's the power chord and in Bamian happens on the second so instead it's like two three four one two one two it's so cool I love it it's such a great trick and I think it is under utilized to use this trick in your own songs and this is something that we could do in our own songs so let me put off my distortion pedal put on my reverb pedal and I'm going to show you an example of how you could apply this to your own songs and to ambient guitar so it's as easy as just missing the downbeat missing the one in your measure so you could take any reef or any idea that you have maybe something that goes like this [Applause] so pretty simple right it goes like 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 super simple right so now we could take that and just miss some downbeats mr 1 so we could do that every time like the Foo Fighters but you could do that from time to time especially if you play that a lot of times in your song and you recorded you could from time to time just miss like that downbeat so you infuse some interest and something unpredictable in your chord progression so it could go like this instead 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 or you could do it on the first part of your riff only so it could go one two three four so many cool ways that you could apply it to ambient guitar like this I find it so cool and I will make sure that I'm going to use that in son of my future song so I just wanted to share that with you so you can try it by yourself too alright so if you want to learn the chords that I just played at the end of this video like this you should sign up for my free mini course on the first link in the description box I show you the ambient guitar chords that are very popular that we call spread triads I show you many shapes and how to harmonize them to create your own chord progressions it's 35 minutes 4 videos all for free with exercises and chord charts that you can download so pick up your account on my site by clicking on the first link in the description box alright so thank you very much for watching my lesson and until next time Aloha

4 thoughts on “DESTROY The First Beat! – what a famous rock band teaches us about tension and rhythms [CL Ep.62]”

  1. Then according to Bootsy Collins' theory, you have invented the Anti-Funk!

  2. On a couple of my first recordings I was doing this by accident because I couldn't get my fingers in position on time for the downbeat. When I got better and hit the downbeat it didn't sound as good to me but I wasn't sure why. This video helps explain it.

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