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Rhythm Guitar:
Rhythm Guitar Basics - Part One

             


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RHYTHM GUITAR BASICS - PART ONE:

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A: The basic foundation of learning how to effectively perform rhythm guitar comes down to a combination of; chord knowledge, as well as, feel for duration, combined with solid left and right hand ability.

This can be accomplished with much of the initial focus being directed toward gaining a feel for duration. Duration is the feel for the beat alongside the understanding of each note duration. These include:

LONG DURATION:
- Whole Notes (4 beats)
- Half Notes (2 beats)
- Dotted Half (3 beats)
- Quarter Notes (1 beat)
- Dotted Quarter (1.5 beats)

 

 

SHORT DURATION:
- Eighth Notes (1/2 a beat)
- Dotted Eighth (3/4 of a beat)
- Sixteenth Note (1/4 beat)
- Eighth Note Triplets (1/3 of a beat each)

GAINING A SENSE OF FEEL:
To attain a sense of feel for note durations you will need to work on them both individually as well as together (combined into random phrases - or Meters). The more you develop the sense of feel and phrasing the more complex you should make the combinations.

CONCLUSION:
We aren't born with a perfect sense of timing. It must be developed. Some players find it easier than others, however gaining an overall knowledge that includes knowing the note names, length and options on how they may be combined is the key to overall success.

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For further Information order Part Two of this Video

Rhythm Basics Part 2

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