Rhythm Guitar

  • 11 Best Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Songs To Learn – Part 2

    11 Best Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Songs To Learn – Part 2

    In the part 1 of 11 Best Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Songs To Learn we looked at songs with bar chords, syncopated muting strumming, arpeggios and fingerpicking. Here the list of intermediate acoustic songs to learn continue with these acoustic classic rock hits.
    Blackbird – The Beatles
    Another popular song with my students this fingerpicking classic uses a pedal tone throughout on the G string. The chord shapes use just 1 or 2 fingers based on 10th intervals (a root note and a 3rd an octave up). Use the thumb and fingers 1 and 2 to pluck throughout.

    Tears In Heaven – Eric Clapton
    This ballad from Clapton’s unplugged album has some very nice fingerstyle playing. Read More

  • 11 Best Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Songs To Learn – Part 1

    11 Best Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Songs To Learn – Part 1

    If you’ve been playing acoustic guitar for a while and are comfortable with strumming open string chords (A D E G and C etc) challenge yourself by learning some intermediate level songs. These songs should include more challenging guitar techniques such as bar chords, arpeggios, riffs, syncopated rhythms and fingerpicking. Here are 11 of the best intermediate acoustic guitar songs to learn.
    Space Oddity – David Bowie
    This song has a gazillion (lots anyway) chords with a few bar chords including F Fm and Bb. The more challenging part here is the rhythmic bar chord section using the 4 bar chords C F G and Am which happens after the lyrics “planet earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do”. Read More

  • 8 Great Rhythm Guitar Jam Ideas – Part 2

    8 Great Rhythm Guitar Jam Ideas – Part 2

    The previous guitar lesson Part 1 – 8 Great Rhythm Guitar Jam Ideas focused on 16th notes to match the drum hi-hat groove and power chords. Here the examples start with power chords then move onto other ideas using a cleaner guitar tone to get the creative juices flowing.
    Example #5 simply uses power chords to create accents similar to what you would hear in a typical AC DC or The Who song. Try moving the timing of the A power chords to create different rhythms.

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    Listen to the audio of Jam Rhythm #5.

    This example base on an A minor arpeggio sounds clearer with a clean guitar tone. The slower 8th notes of the arpeggio create a nice rhythmic contrast to the faster 16th note rhythms of the drums. Read More

  • 8 Great Rhythm Guitar Jam Ideas – Part 1

    8 Great Rhythm Guitar Jam Ideas – Part 1

    Have you ever found yourself in a jam with other musicians not knowing what to play? In this guitar lesson you will learn how to create rhythm guitar ideas over a simple groove. These 8 great rhythm guitar ideas should kick start your imagination and help you to develop your own ideas over other grooves and chord progressions.
    The groove used here is based around the drums playing quick 16th notes on the hi-hat. The chords are A minor with a little bit of C D and G major. So the key is A minor meaning that you can improvise using notes from the A minor pentatonic, A blues scales and the A Dorian mode.
    The first idea is a simple 16th note rhythm matching the high-hat and additional 8th note C D G A notes matching the bass at the end of the bars. Read More

  • Nutting Out Rhythm Notation

    Nutting Out Rhythm Notation

    In music rhythm is the placement of sounds in time whether it be a drum beat or the strumming of a guitar chord. While many guitarists get by without knowing how to read rhythms it is highly recommended to have a basic knowledge of how rhythms are written in music notation. This will help you to understand better how music works rhythmically and to be able to communicate rhythms to other musicians who aren’t just guitarists such as drummers!
    In music notation, time is notated from left to right. Understanding rhythmic notation is essential to learning and studying rhythm.
    The Beat
    Most music has a steady pulse called the beat. It’s the steady rhythm to which you tap your foot to or dance to. Think of the music you’ve heard in a dance club and you can easily imagine the beat. Read More