Rhythm Guitar Play Along

If you’re reading this you own a copy of Guitar Buddy and have completed all the work in the first chapter, including the written exercises at the end of Chapter 1. There are three points we need to reinforce here:

  1. You must learn to change chords quickly, “instantly, effortlessly and in the wink of an eye”
  2. You must learn to count out beats when you play music and to familiarize yourself with basic note values.
  3. You must learn to play famous and favorite Rock and Pop songs and understand their CADENCES (chord resolutions). Many famous and favorite Rock and Pop songs use 2, 3 or 4 chords for their entire chord progression.
1.Learn To Change Chords Quickly…

budch1dThe secret to learning to quickly switch chords is to train your fingers individually, concentrating on the motions of each finger instead -getting down to the little details of each and every movement, will make mastering the open chords a snap. For example, suppose you wanted to practice changing from an E Chord to an A Chord.

The pictures just above will help you to learn this type of detail oriented thinking, the highlighted color of each finger makes the precise and exact movement each finger easy to track. Play the two chords above and use the photos to concentrate on one finger at a time, making a little mental note of the movement of each finger. This is because any movement that seem effortless, automatic and instant

like the movements of a skilled guitarist, must first be reduced to a thought. Changing from one chord to another is not one motion, it is many motions. The secret is to practice and think about each of these motions. The animation at left will help you to think about the details involved in chord to chord motion.

2. Learn To Count Beats When You Play…

For a good rhythm sound, master the strumming the two most important types of notes,

Quarter Notes

& Eighth Notes:

The red arrows indicate the direction of the strum, the “&” of the beat is usually played with an upstroke. The blue numbers show you how most musicians count quarter notes & eighth notes. In the exercise below you’ll be strumming measures of quarter notes, using all downstrokes with every strum and eighth notes where you’ll be alternateing your downstrokes with upstrokes.The next example is practice for strumming the 4 basic note values;

  • Whole Notes, worth 4 sustaining beats
  • Half Notes, worth 2 sustaining beats
  • Quarter Notes, each worth one beat
  • Eighth Notes, each worth one half of one beat

3.Learn Famous Favorites…

The example below is based on the Rock standard, Wild Thing originally written and played in the 1960’s -virtually everyone who ever learned to strum a guitar has had to have played this one. In fact, there is a highly recorded version of the song played the great Jimi Hendrix!

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