Be­come The Ul­ti­mate Rhythm Player

El­e­vate your play­ing with TG’S huge, al­len­com­pass­ing les­son on rhythm gui­tar

Total Guitar - - COVER FEATURE - Words Chris Bird, Jon Bishop gui­tars and back­ing Jon Bishop

There’s an old adage that gui­tarists spend 90 per cent of their play­ing time on rhythm du­ties, but 90 per cent of their prac­tice time on lead. There’ s prob­a­bly some truth to this so this month we’re go­ing to help you with the ac­com­pa­ni­ment side of gui­tar play­ing. How­ever, it’s not all rou­tines, drills and click tracks. No, with­out so much as a metronome in sight, we’re look­ing at rhythm gui­tar in the broad­est sense. We want you to be a bet­ter, more rounded player by the end of this les­son! With that in mind we’re pro­vid­ing you with cre­ative new chord shapes to try out, some tex­tu­ral, am­bi­ent ap­proaches to rhythm play­ing, as well as all the info you need to im­prove your tim­ing and your un­der­stand­ing of rhythm. Want to play like your favourite rhythm gui­tarist? Check! All of our ex­am­ples will help you un­der­stand how real play­ers ap­proach rhythm gui­tar. So, plug in, put your cover disc in your CD player and let’s get started!

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