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Rhythmic Subdivisions

By now you've learned what an important role rhythm plays in the process of learning guitar. Will gets more specific here by showing us some basic rhythms and how to count them.

Taught by Will Ripley in Rock Guitar for Beginners seriesLength: 14:45Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Lesson 29, Scene 1: (0:01) Demonstration of a chord progression: G(5) Dadd11/F#| Em7 Cadd9|| The chord voicings are as follows:
-G(5): 3 x 0 0 3 3
-Dadd11/F#: 2 x 0 2 3 0
-Em7: 0 2 0 0 3 3
-Cadd9: x 3 2 0 3 3

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (0:32) Introduction- “Hey, it’s Will Ripley at JamPlay.com.”

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (0:39) What you are hearing right there (referring to the Introduction music), is some really important chords: Em7, Cadd9, G, and Dsus2/F# (same thing as a Dadd11/F#).

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (0:53) We will also talk about rhythmic subdivisions. You probably noticed on the last chord of the progression, was played more accented (or louder) and busier rhythms in an attempt to build up the sound and momentum.

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (1:09) Playing faster rhythms (with more strumming) while maintaining the tempo, which is the same as the pulse (or heartbeat) of the music. There are all these rhythmic subdivisions. It’s almost like you are dividing numbers, by splitting into two, and on and on and on.

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (1:30) First, I want to show you these chord and how easy it is to switch in between them. We are also going to talk about some rhythmic subdivisions. Then, you will be set up to learn all kinds of “famous” songs.

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (1:45) I actually call these the “Wonder Wall” chords, but the truth is, these chords are found in so many pop and acoustic songs. These chords are great song writing tools and great chords to know.

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (1:55) If you remember, one of the first chords we learned, was an Em chord, back when we were learning how to read chord charts.

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (2:04) Diagram displayed of an Em chord (this chord is arpeggiated from 6th to 1st string in the video as part of the demonstration). In making this chord an Em7, we basically just need to add the flat 7th note. In the key of E, or looking at “E” as the root tone, the flat 7th note would be a D.

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (2:17) In order to add the D note to the Em chord (which creates the Em7), we need to at the 3rd finger to the 3rd fret of the 2nd string (see diagram on video).

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (2:28) Now, practice playing each string of the Em7 chord from 6th to 1st string (notes are E, B, E, G, D and E). The note adds an extra little vibe, or color.

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (2:38) Demonstration of playing an arpeggio for an open Em chord and then plays the Em7 with using the arpeggio pattern going from 6th to 1st string.

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (2:50) We can now further add to the sound of the chord by adding the 4th finger, which would still be an Em7, since the added note is a G (which is the minor 3rd tone).

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (3:00) Demonstration of playing an Em7 arpeggio with the added 4th finger on the 3rd fret of the 1st string. The voicing is as follows: 0 2 2 0 3 3 (frets from 6th string to 1st string). Please refer to the chord diagram in the video and/or supplemental material at this point in the lesson.

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (3:08) It’s pretty well laid out. We have two fingers side by side on the 5th and 4th strings and also on the 1st and 2nd strings.

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (3:17) You can actually do a one finger switch from the Em7 to the G chord by moving the middle finger while keeping the remaining fingers down (this concept is demonstrated in the video). Ripley states, “I find when I switch between these two chords that I lift off two fingers.” The point is you are not moving your first finger very far if lifting off since it stays on the same fret.

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (3:41) Now, we already talked about the G major chord. The chord is demonstrated again, just in case, you don’t know it already. We also talked about the Cadd9 chord, as you can see, very similar to the G major chord.

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (3:53) We also introduced slash chords in another lesson. So, let’s introduce a new one here. Let’s take your D major chord, and if you remember, we also learn and played a Dsus2 and Dsus4.

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (4:15) What I want you to do is actually play the Dsus4 with a different fingering (please refer to the chord chart diagram in the video). The fingering will be 2nd, 3rd and 4th instead of 1st, 3rd and 4th. Fingering the chord this way, will enable the 1st finger to be free. We will now add this finger to the 2nd fret of the 6th string which is the F# note.

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (4:26) Now, you will see, on this particular chord chart for Dsus2/F#, that the A string (5th string) gets muted. It is pretty easy to mute the A string by having the 1st finger slightly lean back into the 5th string while fretting or holding down the 2nd fret of the 6th string. It feels pretty natural to do.

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (4:45) Listening to what this chord sounds like by going from string to string, you notice that the 5th string is muted when the note/string is played. The notes are from bottom to top (referencing the sound): F#, A, D, A and G. The top string is “G” since we haven’t lifted our 4th finger off yet when we just transitioned from the G chord.

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (4:55) By itself, this chord sounds just a little bit dissonant. However, it’s okay for the chord to be dissonant since it is a transition chord, meaning it sounds like it needs to resolve somewhere else. Check it out, we will now take that Dsus4/F# chord and switch to a G and then to Em7. Hearing this chord progression has a common sound to it. You hear it a lot.

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (5:23) You can also go the other way, in terms of the chord progression: Em7 – Dsus4/F# and then to a G.

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (5:35) Demonstration of playing the following chord progression going both directions: G Dsus4/F# | Em | Em Dsus4/F# | G ||.

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (5:40) It’s a really important chord progression. So, a good one to know.

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (5:52) We have a Dsus chord, but we are going to play it with one different finger. We are going to drop the 1st finger down to the 2nd fret of the 6th string, which happens to be an F#. The voicing is 2 x 0 2 3 3 (# is the fret; left side is the 6th string). You know have a Dsus4/F#.

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (6:09) We can now try this chord progression of Em to Dsus4/F#, then G and lastly, Cadd9. Practice all four chords by playing the chord progression.

Lesson 29, Scene 1: (6:37) Demonstration of the chord progression. In this example, each chord is two beats in length (1, 2; 1, 2).

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (0:01) Let’s look at some rhythmic subdivisions. So, I have talked about these grouping of four and more often than not, a song is going to be in 4/4 time. We have four beats which we are dealing with.

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (0:17) Looking at four beats, we can split that into half, and then again (hence, half notes and quarter notes). I’ll show you what I mean, let’s grab a G chord here.

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (0:30) Let’s count before we start on the first measure (1, 2, 3, and go..). You would then, just play on the downbeats.

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (0:41) Demonstration of strumming a G chord on only the downbeats of 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (0:50) The problem is that playing only on the downbeats can sound kind of dull or monotonous. We want to throw in a little bit more rhythm and rhythmic variation.

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (0:58) You can throw in more different note values to create rhythm which will make the music sound a little more driving, and/or interesting. We will integrate and do something with the spaces in between beats 1 and 2 (the space in between those downbeats).

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (1:10) If this is beat 1 and 2 (visually holding up hands), we are talking about the section in between each beat. We call it the and (+).

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (1:23) Since it is still the beat of 1, we can the halfway point between the downbeat of 1 and 2, the “and”; which would be the 2nd eighth note if subdivided into eighth notes. We would then be at the “and” of 2, 3 and 4 (in between beats), before starting over in the following measure with beat 1.

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (1:35) If we were to count that again with the same rhythm of even quarter notes, the count would be an even 1, 2, 3, 4….

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (1:43) The rhythmic subdivision would sound (counted) like this by tapping or clapping (demonstrated in video): 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +. We still have the pulse (beat) going on behind it which is the quarter note. These are the down beats.

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (1:57) Let’s put this concept to work by playing the rhythm on the guitar (so you can hear it as well).

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (2:02) Let’s grab the G chord again and play 4 beats of just the same exact thing (strumming quarter notes). Afterwards, we will try doing eighth notes.

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (2:14) So we have, the count…1, 2, 3, 4 (ready, go)….strumming G chord on the downbeats for a measure and then switching to eighth notes (as seen in the video)….1+2+3+4+.

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (2:26) What I find that is helpful with eighth notes is just to do a down, up strumming pattern (back and forth).

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (2:34) Let’s try it again…(1, 2, ready, go)…down, down, down, down and then down, up, down, up, down, up, down up. The down and up refers to the direction of the strum. We are doubling the amount of times we are strumming.

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (2:51) Now, let’s double from the eighth note (which are sixteenth notes)….

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (2:57) What we can do is start playing the eighth notes (as demonstrated)…1+2+3+4+….and then, we can split it down. Each beat would now get four subdivisions. So we would now have…1 – e - + - a. The “1” is still there as well as the “+”. Each side of the “and”, we are putting in an “e” or an “a”….

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (3:23) The “e” and the “a” is just a way to count it (in between the main beats), just like physically, a way to “feel” the beat or sub-unit.

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (3:29) Let’s put that to music right away….so what that might sound like. It is important to do both up and down strokes (strums). We will do the following:
- 4 beats of the quarter note (on the down beats of 1, 2, 3 and 4)
- 4 beats of eighth notes (1+2+3+4+)
- 4 beats of sixteenth notes (1-e-+-a, 2-e-+-a,3-e-+a,4e+a)

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (4:04) It’s important to know that there is the consistent heartbeat of the pulse, which is felt with quarter notes, even when we are subdividing and playing eighth and sixteenth notes. Basically, when subdividing, we are basically doubling and doubling the rhythm (going from quarter notes to eighth and then finally, sixteenths). Let’s try to follow along and do it.

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (4:25) Demonstration of the rhythm (playing a G major chord) while counting our beats: 1, 2, 3 and 4.
- Quarter notes (1, 2, 3, and 4)
- Eighth notes (1+2+3+4+)
- Sixteenth notes (1-e-+-a, 2-e-+-a,3-e-+a,4e+a)

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (4:39) Let’s try the same thing again while counting the basic beat….1, 2, 3, and 4…strumming quarter, eighth and sixteenth notes, one measure a piece. In 4/4 time, 4 beats is the same as one bar or measure.

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (5:04) If you ever hear that the chord progression lasts for 4 bars, or 16 bars…in reference, in 4/4 time (most likely the time signature that you will playing in) there will be 4 beats which equal one bar or measure.

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (5:18) In reference to the bar, so that you understand what we are going to do right now (music terminology of the measure versus beats):
- One bar of quarter notes (4 beats)
- One bar of eighth notes
- One bar of sixteenth notes

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (5:30) Demonstration of quarters, eighths and sixteenths in 4/4 time using the open G chord while counting the beat of 1, 2, 3, and 4:
- Quarter notes (1, 2, 3, and 4)…now double it
- Eighth notes (1+2+3+4+)….doubling it again
- Sixteenth notes (1-e-+-a, 2-e-+-a,3-e-+a,4e+a)

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (5:58) Between those rhythmic subdivisions I have shown you and the four chords at the beginning of the lesson (Em7, G, Cadd9 and Dsus4/F#)…you have already learned a lot.

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (6:14) Mix the chords with some of these rhythmic subdivisions and you are on your way to playing a lot of the acoustic, rock and pop music (songs) from the last 40 years or so. Everybody from the Beatles to Rhianna use these chords.

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (6:30) You can grab these rhythmic subdivisions while mixing them up with the chords and start having some fun.

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (6:38) If we go eighth notes (as directed in the demonstration while using an Em7 chord)….1+2+3+4+…then switch to Dsus4/F#, followed by G and then Cadd9. The progression would be as follows: || Em7 | Dsus4/F#| G | Cadd9 ||

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (6:52) What if we did sixteenth notes (while using the same chord progression): || Em7 Dsus4/F# | G Cadd9 || ….. 1-e-+-a, 2-e-+-a,3-e-+a,4e+a

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (7:02) So you can already hear all of the changes rhythmic subdivisions can bring to the chords while strumming.

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (7:12) Get those notes in the pocket; know the names of each of the chords; and in the end, do your best to understand the rhythmic subdivisions (from quarters, to eighths and then, finally, sixteenths). Understanding an applying these concepts will help you communicate while playing with other musicians and will also help you learn songs.

Lesson 29, Scene 2: (7:26) It is much easier to say, in reference to songs and chord progressions, your ability to refer to bars and beats as well as eighth, sixteenth and quarter notes….a great asset for you to have in your musicianship skills. Let’s get into some more tracks. Get into it!

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Coming from a blues and classic rock background, Ripley discovered 90?s rock in his late teens. Ripley’s style is unique. He’s been described as combining the blues guitar playing of Albert King and Jimi Hendrix with big riffs that are reminiscent of Led Zeppelin and Rage Against the Machine with the booty shaking rhythms of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and N.E.R.D. Ripley also has a soft place in his heart for pop music ranging from The Beatles to Stone Temple Pilots to Kelly Clarkson.

In addition to creation and production of music, Ripley teaches guitar using a method he developed through his education and over countless sessions with learners of all ages and levels. This led to the development of a successful series of recorded lessons called Guitar Goals available from his website. As the founder of the Will Ripley Guitar School he has begun expanding as a franchise into other cities which has 1 location currently – the Vancouver Guitar School. Students the world over can learn guitar using this effective, rewarding, and enjoyable style at their own pace – with epic results!

Ripley seeks participation in authentic, professional-level music, with like-minded, enthusiastic, high-achieving musicians. With dreams of creating legendary songs, Ripley is open to new band mates, songwriting partners, and recording opportunities.

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Acoustic Guitar Lessons

Acoustic Guitar

Our acoustic guitar lessons are taught by qualified instructors with various backgrounds with the instrument.

Trace Bundy Trace Bundy

Trace Bundy talks about the different ways you can use multiple capos to enhance your playing.

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Don Ross Don Ross

New fingerstyle instructor Don Ross introduces himself, his background, and what you should expect in this series.

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Phil Keaggy Phil Keaggy

Phil discusses inspiration, where it's found and how you can take almost anything around you and use it to inspire your own...

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Greg Greenway Greg Greenway

Greg kicks off his series telling a little about himself and introduces the C9 tuning.

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Mary Flower Mary Flower

In this lesson, Mary Flower introduces herself and her playing style. She also discusses essential blues listening.

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Marcelo Berestovoy Marcelo Berestovoy

Marcelo teaches the eight basic right hand moves for the Rumba Flamenca strum pattern. He then shows you how to apply it...

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Amber Russell Amber Russell

Playing fingerstyle requires the ability to play different techniques at the same time. This of course, is not always an...

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Peter Einhorn Peter Einhorn

JamPlay is proud to introduce jazz guitarist Peter Einhorn. In this lesson series, Peter will discuss and demonstrate a way...

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Electric Guitar

Our electric guitar lessons are taught by instructors with an incredible amount of teaching experience.

David MacKenzie David MacKenzie

David MacKenzie introduces the tapping technique and teaches a fun exercise. This lesson includes a backing track.

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Ian Argys Ian Argys

Lesson 6 is all about the major mode. As with the other lessons you'll be taking a look at the individual notes on the strings...

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Kenny Ray Kenny Ray

Albert Collins brought a lot of style to the blues scene. In this lesson, Kenny breaks down Albert's style for you to learn.

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Steve Stevens Steve Stevens

Steve Stevens shows some of his go-to licks and ideas while improvising over a backing track he made.

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Andre Nieri Andre Nieri

Born in 1986 and hailing from Brazil, Andre showed musical inclination at an early age. Influenced by native Brazilian Jazz...

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Jeffery Marshall Jeffery Marshall

Welcome to Inside and Out with Jeff Marshall! In this lesson series, Jeff takes a bottom up approach to fret board proficiency....

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Evan Brewer Evan Brewer

Evan Brewer explains everything you need to know in order to get going with your bass guitar. Topics include the parts of...

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DJ Phillips DJ Phillips

Learn a handful of new blues techniques while learning to play Stevie Ray Vaughn's "The House Is Rockin'".

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Sarah Longfield Sarah Longfield

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Glen Drover Glen Drover

Lesson 25 from Glen presents a detailed exercise that firmly builds up fret hand dexterity for both speed and accuracy.

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Each chord in our library contains a full chart, related tablature, and a photograph of how the chord is played. A comprehensive learning resource for any guitarist.

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Jam-along backing tracks give the guitarist a platform for improvising and soloing. Our backing tracks provide a wide variety of tracks from different genres of music, and serves as a great learning tool.

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We have teachers covering beginner lessons, rock, classic rock, jazz, bluegrass, fingerstyle, slack key and more. Learn how to play the guitar from experienced players, in a casual environment.

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