LESSON THREE INSTRUCTIONS
- Have you filled in your workbook diary yet? Remember you can see and track your progress by using your diary and gives you insights into what you have accomplished and what is coming up soon.
- Lesson three looks at right hand rhythms, building your technique.
- Listen to your day three audio file.
- Watch and download the videos and learn the material.
- Download your “Day Three” additional learning PDF.
LESSON THREE CONTENTS
- You will about how to play rhythm guitar.
- You will be shown how to create new rhythms and other techniques.
- You will learn how to play open string scales in five different keys.
- You will learn a new chord – G major.
1. BUILDING UP YOUR RIGHT HAND RHYTHM PLAYING
Well, believe it or not, with just six chords, three major and three minor, you can play a vast amount of songs armed with just these six chords. What will make the difference, however, is if you can back up the melody and inflections, or indeed just the basic rhythm of the song itself.
This video comes from another of our stellar teaching staff Ross Baird. Ross gently leads you through how to build up your rhythm playing. Note, Ross discusses a seventh chord which is shown in your PDF and is the key of G major.
Lesson three video lesson 1
WHY IS RHYTHM THAT IMPORTANT?
Think about it, is it realistic to expect that you will be playing nothing but lead lines for the rest of your guitar playing life? One of the reasons that the guitar is so popular is because it is portable and acoustic guitars can be reasonably loud. If you need more volume an acoustic or electric guitar amp will mean that the biggest spaces can still be filled with sound. Your rhythm playing and rhythmic ideas are important so make sure you work hard on this as the next paragraph explains.
In the video above, Ross discusses a number of foundational points to ensure you get of to a good start in your rhythm playing. Included are ghost strokes, syncopation as well as the development of a basic rhythmic pattern. Don’t worry if this all sounds difficuilt. Watch the video and download for later viewing and keep coming back to it.
Once you have mastered the basic right hand rhythm patterns, Ross will show you how to develop the further building blocks to create rich and interesting rhythmic ideas.
RHYTHMIC IDEAS DEFINE SONGS
Once your rhythm playing is strong you will define the songs you play most of the time through the rhythmic pulse and rhythm you create. Listening to songs you enjoy and considering the rhythm within them will help you understand how rhythm supports melody.
Melodic rhythm is not the only thing that matters when consideration. There is the underlying pulse or beat of the song and it can be that the chords underneath the song create the memorable music that helps people remember the piece.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER WITH A SONG
Hopefully you will be getting the benefit from Ross’s great lesson on rhythm guitar. To put these techniques to good use you will learn the song Careless Whisper by George Michael. Remember, it may be tricky at first, but with daily practice you will start to see the benefits very shortly. Good luck and we’ll see you in the next lesson.
SUPPORT & LET’S SEE YOU
Why not record yourself playing one of the songs you have learned to hear how you sound? It’s a great way of listening to what you have created without being distracted by video.
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Good luck with the quiz and onward to DAY 4 which will be with you in two days time.