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
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!