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The Road to Malvern, Part 2: Old-Time Rhythm

This lesson is part of the course Melodic Mandolin Tunes with John Reischman.
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The Road to Malvern  
 
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The Road to Malvern, Part 2: Old-Time Rhythm
The Road to Malvern, Part 2: Old-Time Rhythm
 
For playing rhythm to old-time tunes, John often likes to use open chords and play with more of a regular eighth-note-based strum, with emphasis on beats two and four. You’ll learn the voicings John uses and his strum pattern in this video.

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