PATTERN 8 PERCUSSIVE BACKBEATS
A good way to add a gently percussive element to a chord pattern is to place a pickling-hand string slap on the backbeats (beat 2 and 4). This also has the effect of displacing the chord changes to the offbeats, which adds a little movement. Think of extreme’s classic hit, More Than Words, where guitarist Nuno Bettencourt added these percussive backbeat slaps to really bring the piece to life.
Example 8: This progression features a couple of diminished chords, which sound great when used as passing chords between two others whose root notes are a tone apart (eg C-C#dim-d). This can add a touch of James Taylor-ish sophistication.