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David's Tip of the Day: Band Training, Part 4.5 - Break Signal, Part 2

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Here are the two most common breaks used in the middle of a song: 1) Downbeat of Bar 1 - This is where you start your slow hand raise (remember, count of 4) in Bar 12 and drop your hand on the downbeat of the next chorus. You play for 4 Bars by yourself and the band enters back in on Bar 5 (IV Chord). A good example of this is George "Harmonica" Smith's instrumental "Juicy Harmonica" (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/filiskobarrettgruenling) 2) Downbeat of Bar 12 - This is where you start your slow raise in Bar 11 and drop your hand on the downbeat of Bar 12. This is most commonly used in the Rhumba Groove, but is also very effecting as a way to draw interest to the pickup of the next chorus (which is awesome for handing off solos... all the listener hears is the pickup of the new soloist). A good example of this is in my arrangement of "Highway 59" (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sotbab)