Tech­nique fo­cus

Funky rhythm

Guitar Techniques - - PLAY RHYTHM -

Play­ing funky rhythm guitar is about fit­ting into the over­all mix of mu­si­cians – play­ing in some gaps, leav­ing a space in oth­ers while of­ten play­ing off the main beat. This could mean an­tic­i­pat­ing with a ‘pushed’ beat, or pick­ing up an ac­cent a 16th note af­ter­wards. One very ef­fec­tive way to get com­fort­able with this ap­proach its to mute all six strings and use al­ter­nate down and up strokes to strum four notes per beat (16 in a 4/4 bar). Start by ac­cent­ing the first down­stroke of each beat – this sounds a lit­tle bit like a hi-hat pat­tern. Next, ex­per­i­ment with ac­cent­ing the third beat in each group of four; this should fall on an up­stroke. Com­bine this with small tar­geted strums on se­lected chord tri­ads and you’re well on your way!

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