Now that you have your rock toolbox built, it's time to start developing your rhythm playing for rock. In lesson three, John discusses the importance of the metronome and identifies the three tempo zones that you're going to be working in throughout the course.
Taught by John Shannon in Rockin' Rhythm Guitar seriesLength: 8:05Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Rock guitarist John Shannon takes you on a journey to improve your rhythm playing. Effecting all facets of rock playing, rhythm is the foundation of quality playing.
Meet John Shannon and his approach to rhythm guitar. John discusses why he put this lesson series together and what his aim is to bring you.Length: 5:29 Difficulty: 0.0 FREE
To get started in his lesson series, John discusses what should be in every rock rhythm guitarist's toolbox. He discusses timing devices like the metronome and things like what amps might be best suited...Length: 10:56 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Now that you have your rock toolbox built, it's time to start developing your rhythm playing for rock. In lesson three, John discusses the importance of the metronome and identifies the three tempo zones...Length: 8:05 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson four in the rock rhythm series is all about the down stroke. This stroke drives the rhythm home and is a staple for most rock rhythm players.Length: 9:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson five covers the opposite from the down stroke; the upstroke. The up stroke may not be as driving as the down stroke, but utilizing it can create melody and harmony in your rhythm playing and will...Length: 7:25 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson six is all about the mighty power chord! John discusses the various ways to create a power chord and espouses their excellence when it comes to rock rhythm guitar.Length: 8:51 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Palm muting is a powerful tool to help shape and define your tone while playing. It also aids in creating that signature rock rhythm sound.Length: 8:42 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Previously, John has touched on the power chords and other smaller chord voicings that help cut through the mix and make you stand out. Now it's time to look at bigger, more full-bodied chords that stand...Length: 9:59 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
You've looked at the upstroke and downstroke individually in previous lessons. Now it's time to tie the two together and delve in to rhythmic strumming.Length: 15:40 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 10 is all about the octave chord shape. This chord shape provides some cool rhythmic flavors, but also presents other challenges. John discusses it and demonstrates it's use in rock rhythm guitar.Length: 9:39 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
We've reached a junction in the series where you've started to develop several different tools. In this lesson you'll start combining them to create more variety in your rhythm playing.Length: 9:20 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Practice is a cornerstone of being a well-rounded rock rhythm guitarist. As such, John Shannon provides another opportunity to take a look at combining elements you've learned previously.Length: 8:44 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
It's time to start adding more tricks to your bag go rhythm techniques for rock guitar. In this lesson you're going to learning the pull-off technique and how it can add texture to your rhythm playing.Length: 10:49 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
The next technique in your tool-bag is going to be the counterpart to the Pull-Off and is known as the Hammer-On.Length: 12:23 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 15 starts off a focus on altered tuning from standard. To start with, John discusses Drop D. He teaches you how to get into the tuning, how it alters your playing and then how to get back to standard...Length: 12:53 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In lesson 16, John discusses muting multiple strings simultaneously. This is done with the palm of the hand and will often be part of the palm muting technique.Length: 11:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In lesson 17, John Shannon uses the multi-string mute technique along with a strumming chuck to help you create a nuanced and rhythmic line.Length: 7:21 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 17 is all about open g tuning. This tuning is made popular by bands like The Rolling Stones and their guitarist Keith Richards. John shows you how to get to open g tuning from standard, discusses...Length: 12:49 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
John Shannon takes a now familiar power chord and discusses how to add single notes along with it to create a moving and melodic rhythm line.Length: 9:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
It's not time to switch gears and discuss the world of fingerstyle. To get you started, John Shannon discusses and demonstrates the use of the thumb and two fingers for the style.Length: 8:51 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Now it's time to tackle another aspect of the Fingerstyle technique. In lesson 21 you'll be utilizing the pick and your middle fingers, also commonly referred to as hybrid picking.Length: 11:04 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Now that you have a basic understanding of the fingerstyle techniques, it's time to apply them in a way that adds texture to your rhythm playing.Length: 10:16 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
In lesson 23, John Shannon discusses the use of a delay pedal and how to integrate it into your rhythm playing.Length: 13:59 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Another rhythm element that John Shannon imparts is the ability to move chords while ringing open strings. He discusses the technique in this lesson.Length: 9:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In lesson 25, John Shannon discusses the uses of harmonics in rhythm playing.Length: 14:14 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Bringing in some lead elements can really spice up your rhythm playing. In this lesson, John discusses the use of right hand tapping for rhythm playing.Length: 12:56 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The use of a metronome is an important aspect in keeping good time. A well rounded rhythm player can also use it in advanced ways to help timing on things like compound meter and triplets. In this Lesson...Length: 8:56 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Rock Rhythm guitar sometimes has a characteristic stab and mute effect that is used. In lesson 28, John Shannon discusses and demonstrates this technique.Length: 8:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In lesson 29, John Shannon talks about ghosted notes that are typically slid away from and carry no duration value.Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Taking a page from the previous lesson, you'll once again be sliding. This time using a finger slide to create a smooth, slinky effect.Length: 11:03 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Made popular by rock legend Pete Townshend, the arean chord not only cuts through the mix, but it adds style and flair to your live performances. For the final lesson of this series, John shows you how...Length: 10:19 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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