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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. Learn to rock hard, efficient and not get stuck at one tempo.
Meet John Shannon and his approach to rhythm guitar. John discusses why he put this lesson...View This Full Lesson!
To get started in his lesson series, John discusses what should be in every rock rhythm...Length: 10:56
Now that you have your rock toolbox built, it's time to start developing your rhythm playing...Length: 8:05
Lesson four in the rock rhythm series is all about the down stroke. This stroke drives...Length: 9:12
Lesson five covers the opposite from the down stroke; the upstroke. The up stroke may...Length: 7:25
Lesson six is all about the mighty power chord! John discusses the various ways to create...Length: 8:51
Palm muting is a powerful tool to help shape and define your tone while playing. It also...Length: 8:42
Previously, John has touched on the power chords and other smaller chord voicings that...Length: 9:59
You've looked at the upstroke and downstroke individually in previous lessons. Now it's...Length: 15:40
Lesson 10 is all about the octave chord shape. This chord shape provides some cool rhythmic...Length: 9:39
We've reached a junction in the series where you've started to develop several different...Length: 9:20
Practice is a cornerstone of being a well-rounded rock rhythm guitarist. As such, John...Length: 8:44
It's time to start adding more tricks to your bag go rhythm techniques for rock guitar....Length: 10:49
The next technique in your tool-bag is going to be the counterpart to the Pull-Off and...Length: 12:23
Lesson 15 starts off a focus on altered tuning from standard. To start with, John discusses...Length: 12:53
In lesson 16, John discusses muting multiple strings simultaneously. This is done with...Length: 11:24
In lesson 17, John Shannon uses the multi-string mute technique along with a strumming...Length: 7:21
Lesson 17 is all about open g tuning. This tuning is made popular by bands like The Rolling...Length: 12:49
John Shannon takes a now familiar power chord and discusses how to add single notes along...Length: 9:31
It's not time to switch gears and discuss the world of fingerstyle. To get you started,...Length: 8:51
Now it's time to tackle another aspect of the Fingerstyle technique. In lesson 21 you'll...Length: 11:04
Now that you have a basic understanding of the fingerstyle techniques, it's time to apply...Length: 10:16
In lesson 23, John Shannon discusses the use of a delay pedal and how to integrate it...Length: 13:59
Another rhythm element that John Shannon imparts is the ability to move chords while ringing...Length: 9:31
In lesson 25, John Shannon discusses the uses of harmonics in rhythm playing.Length: 14:14
Bringing in some lead elements can really spice up your rhythm playing. In this lesson,...Length: 12:56
The use of a metronome is an important aspect in keeping good time. A well rounded rhythm...Length: 8:56
Rock Rhythm guitar sometimes has a characteristic stab and mute effect that is used. ...Length: 8:31
In lesson 29, John Shannon talks about ghosted notes that are typically slid away from...Length: 10:00
Taking a page from the previous lesson, you'll once again be sliding. This time using...Length: 11:03
Made popular by rock legend Pete Townshend, the arean chord not only cuts through the...Length: 10:19
If you loved John's series Rockin' Rhythm Guitar, you'll love this series as well! Rockin' Rhythms and Beyond takes you into new, advanced rock rhythm guitar territory. Rhythm is not only what clarifies your melodic ideas but also what allows you to connect to the bass and drums to give the music shape, style and punch. In this course we will go further into developing your rhythmic abilities by thinking and playing from a rhythmic perspective.