20 Min­utes To… Rock rhythm

Hone your tim­ing, dex­ter­ity and pick­ing, and learn a few new chords too with TG’S quick rhythm gui­tar work­out

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See­ing as about 95 per­cent of most gui­tar songs is spent play­ing rhythm, im­prov­ing this as­pect of your tech­nique is some­what es­sen­tial. As well as learn­ing more chords, gen­eral tech­nique plays a ma­jor part and each of this month’s riffs presents its own chal­lenges. If you strug­gle with any par­tic­u­lar riff or tech­nique, try to break it down into its sim­plest el­e­ments. For ex­am­ple, if the al­ter­nate pick­ing and chord changes in Ex­am­ple 2 are tough, try pick­ing just one open string note in­stead of four; or, al­ter­na­tively, ditch the chords while you fo­cus on pick­ing. And, of course, prac­tis­ing slowly al­ways helps!

We’ve taken our in­spi­ra­tion for this les­son from Brian May, Randy Rhoads, Mike Einziger and Scott Hen­der­son, cov­er­ing a va­ri­ety of gen­res from all four cor­ners of rock, but the ideas have been used by hun­dreds of play­ers and needn’t be limited to any style or genre. As al­ways, ex­per­i­men­ta­tion is the name of the game!

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