Learn your rhythms

Tell your eighth notes from your 16ths and mas­ter mu­si­cal rhythms with TG’S ‘lis­ten and re­peat’ style gui­tar ex­er­cises

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You’re prob­a­bly used to count­ing or tap­ping your foot in time with mu­sic. Well, in a sim­i­lar way, sheet mu­sic rep­re­sents the tim­ing of the notes based on the main mu­si­cal pulse, in turn mak­ing it eas­ier for us gui­tarists to work out the ex­act rhythm. Still, you don’t have to be heav­ily into read­ing mu­sic – we’ve played six one-bar rhythm ex­am­ples four times each be­fore leav­ing a gap on the back­ing track for you to join in and prac­tise what you’ve just heard. Sim­ply lis­ten and re­peat, and trust your ear to pick up the tim­ing.

some­thing­good Ryan Adams has honed his strum­ming style to be the back­bone of his rhythm play­ing

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