The Arena Chord (Guitar Lesson)

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John Shannon

The Arena Chord

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 to create it.

Taught by John Shannon in Rockin' Rhythm Guitar seriesLength: 10:19Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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Loved the course..easy to under stand and play with ..open g, drop d, and intro into slide great stuff thanks !!!!!

Rockin' Rhythm Guitar

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

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.



Introduction to Rock Rhythm GuitarLesson 1

Introduction to Rock Rhythm Guitar

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
Rock Rhythm Player's ToolboxLesson 2

Rock Rhythm Player's Toolbox

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
Rock Tempo ZonesLesson 3

Rock Tempo Zones

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
Down StrokesLesson 4

Down Strokes

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
Up StrokesLesson 5

Up Strokes

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
Power ChordsLesson 6

Power Chords

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 MutingLesson 7

Palm Muting

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
Full ChordsLesson 8

Full Chords

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
StrummingLesson 9

Strumming

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
OctavesLesson 10

Octaves

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
Combining ElementsLesson 11

Combining Elements

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
Combining More ElementsLesson 12

Combining More Elements

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
Pull-OffsLesson 13

Pull-Offs

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
Hammer-OnsLesson 14

Hammer-Ons

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
Drop D TuningLesson 15

Drop D Tuning

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
Multiple String MutingLesson 16

Multiple String Muting

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
The Rhythmic ChuckLesson 17

The Rhythmic Chuck

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
Open G TuningLesson 18

Open G Tuning

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
Single Notes with Power ChordsLesson 19

Single Notes with Power Chords

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
Rock Fingerstyle #1:  Thumb and Two FingersLesson 20

Rock Fingerstyle #1: Thumb and Two Fingers

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
Rock Fingerstyle #2:  Pick and Middle FingersLesson 21

Rock Fingerstyle #2: Pick and Middle Fingers

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
Rock Fingerstyle #3: TexturalLesson 22

Rock Fingerstyle #3: Textural

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
Rock Rhythm DelayLesson 23

Rock Rhythm Delay

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
Open Strings with Moving ChordsLesson 24

Open Strings with Moving Chords

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
HarmonicsLesson 25

Harmonics

In lesson 25, John Shannon discusses the uses of harmonics in rhythm playing.

Length: 14:14 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Right Hand TappingLesson 26

Right Hand Tapping

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
Advanced Metronome UseLesson 27

Advanced Metronome Use

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
Rhythmic StabsLesson 28

Rhythmic Stabs

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
Ghost NotesLesson 29

Ghost Notes

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
Rock Rhythm SlideLesson 30

Rock Rhythm Slide

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
The Arena ChordLesson 31

The Arena Chord

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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