~ rhythm guitar ~

'... something we already got, just have to find and conquer ...'

octaves

open chords

the gallop rhythm

barre chords

chomping chords
boom chuck boom chuck
comping chords / chord substitution
off beat rhythms / chords

advanced rhythm guitar ideas

the chords do not have to follow the written order

chord substitution / rhythm guitar

legends of rhythm guitar

'from children's songs and folk into bluegrass, country and the blues, on through to reggae, rock, hip hop, rap and pop then off to jazz ...'

In a nutshell, making the changes. Slang for our chords, we use the phrase 'making the changes' a couple of ways. Here in our rhythm guitar studies, making the changes is making sure the chords of the song we are performing occur in the rights spots in th.

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In a nutshell, making the changes. Slang for our chords, we use the phrase 'making the changes' a couple of ways. Here in our rhythm guitar studies, making the changes is making sure the chords of the song we are performing occur in the rights spots in th.

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Rhythm guitar. Man if you want to drive the band, get some of the chords and your rhythm guitar working. Potentially right under our fingers and with today's gear, even the fewest of pitches set the house to rockin' from the garage to arena. Well, the arena gigs need bigger PA's of course and maybe some lights :)

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In a nutshell, making the changes. Slang for our chords, we use the phrase 'making the changes' a couple of ways. Here in our rhythm guitar studies, making the changes is making sure the chords of the song we are performing occur in the rights spots in th.

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a couple of key things to consider for rhythm guitar.

No pick? Just makes things easier. Wayback some of us used thin cardboard folded over. Didn't last long, like one song depending, but it had the right flexibility to make strumming easier. Once you got it going you'll find the picks you like.

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Start with a thin light pick. Just makes things easier. Wayback some of us used thin cardboard folded over. Didn't last long, like one song depending, but it had the right flexibility to make strumming easier. Once you got it going you'll find the picks you like.

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the big four. Start with a light pick. Just makes things easier. Wayback some of us used thin cardboard folded over. Didn't last long, like one song depending, but it had the right flexibility to make strumming easier. Once you got it going you'll find the picks you like.

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Two; the gallop. Start with a light pick. Just makes things easier. Wayback some of us used thin cardboard folded over. Didn't last long, like one song depending, but it had the right flexibility to make strumming easier. Once you got it going you'll find the picks you like.

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Bossa nova. If there's any real trick to bossa nova rhythm guitar it's in the ability to stay focused and play

a song's established rhythm uninterupted throughout the body of the song and oits harmonic progression.

step above the tonic is often simply referred to by its numerical designation. Generally we'll use the sharp (#) when ascending away from the tonic and the flat (b) designation when descending towards our tonic pitch. I also call this pitch a blue note, but I'm probably the only one that does.

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Octaves.

: This half step above the tonic is often simply referred to by its numerical designation. Generally we'll use the sharp (#) when ascending away from the tonic and the flat (b) designation when descending towards our tonic pitch. I also call this pitch a blue note, but I'm probably the only one that does.

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Octaves.

: This half step above the tonic is often simply referred to by its numerical designation. Generally we'll use the sharp (#) when ascending away from the tonic and the flat (b) designation when descending towards our tonic pitch. I also call this pitch a blue note, but I'm probably the only one that does.

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Comping.

: This half step above the tonic is often simply referred to by its numerical designation. Generally we'll use the sharp (#) when ascending away from the tonic and the flat (b) designation when descending towards our tonic pitch. I also call this pitch a blue note, but I'm probably the only one that does.

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Chomping.

: This half step above the tonic is often simply referred to by its numerical designation. Generally we'll use the sharp (#) when ascending away from the tonic and the flat (b) designation when descending towards our tonic pitch. I also call this pitch a blue note, but I'm probably the only one that does.

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Gallop / an 8th note triplet.

: This half step above the tonic is often simply referred to by its numerical designation. Generally we'll use the sharp (#) when ascending away from the tonic and the flat (b) designation when descending towards our tonic pitch. I also call this pitch a blue note, but I'm probably the only one that does.

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"The key to the future of the world is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known."

Pete Seeger

Grout, Donald Jay. A History of Western Music, p. 10. W.W.Norton and Company Inc. New York, 1960.

 

Aebersold, James and Slone, Ken. Charlie Parker Omnibook. New York: Atlantic Music Corp., 1978. I know this is a troubling stand to take but I felt I had to and as jazz player, I based it on Charlie Parker's compositions in the Omnibook. Find a copy, count the number of tunes, then compare the number of major key to minor key songs. Any real book of popular American song, by a mix of composers, will follow along similar lines in this regard.regard.