Welcome to volume two of Dave Isaacs' Beginner Rhythm Guitar Practice Plan. With the fundamentals under your fingers, it's time to start looking at concepts that drive groove and pocket. This is an essential course for any aspiring rhythm guitarist.
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David Isaacs goes beyond the fundamental concepts taught in volume one of the Beginner Rhythm Guitar Practice Plan and expands into ideas like groove and pocket. You'll learn strumming, muting and percussive techniques designed to take your rhythm playing to the next level!Begin the Course
Welcome to volume two of David Isaacs' Beginner Rhythm Guitar Practice Plan. Before moving to volume two, you should have a proficient understanding of the concepts and techniques taught in volume one. This series will focus on strumming, counting rhythm and creating good groove and pocket.
To kick off this series, David defines a few terms such as pulse and meter while discussing some basic written notation ideas. You'll get going with some basic rhythmic counting, then move on to practical application in the next lesson.
Now let's apply the concept from the previous lesson in a practical manner. You'll be strumming rhythm to basic rhythmic subdivisions along with the supplemental content provided.
The metronome is never wrong and that may be why many people loathe it. In this concept lesson, David talks about working with the metronome and using it as a reference instead of following it. You'll be working on different permutations of playing on a beat.
Now let's apply those beat permutations that you worked on in the previous lesson, to a practice exercise. Remember, you're reading from the supplemental content and using the metronome as a tempo guide.
As you start to strum patterns in 8th note or further subdivisions, you need to be able to strum in both directions and as efficiently as possible. In this concept lesson, David will help you create even strumming in both directions.
Now that you've got your strum mechanics down. Let's practice several combinations of rhythm that include up-strokes.
David introduces the idea of dynamics, specifically how they relate to the backbeat in the groove.
Now let's practice accenting the backbeat in this practice guide based on the previous lesson.
In this lesson, David talks about the three levels of sound that you're already producing and introduces the concept of syncopation. You'll also briefly start to look at targeting specific strings in your strum instead of playing all six strings.
Now it's time to practice the syncopated rhythm. You'll be starting at a slightly faster tempo now, so if you're falling behind a little, bring out your metronome and start a bit slower.
In this lesson, David discusses the sixteenth note subdivision and clues you in on a wrist-snapping technique that will help you keep time and produce great sound!
Now that you've seen the wrist-snap in action, lets practice the sixteenth note exercises you learned in the previous lesson.
It's time to take another look at syncopation. This time we're going to be adding notes and figures that carry the music across the bar line.
Now that you're familiar with crossing the bar line, lets practice that skill.
One way to add dynamic interest to your playing is to add non-tonal elements that fit within the groove or pocket. In this lesson, David discusses muting and percussive techniques to do that.
All right, now lets apply those muting and percussion techniques to practice.
Mixed in with straight and sub-divided rhythms are other layers of movement commonly referred to as Shuffle and Swing. These layers push and pull the notes in various ways around the musical grid and add additional life to your playing.
With the idea of Shuffle and Swing in your brain and under your fingers, it's time to test it out with some practice!
Ghost strumming is a technique where you keep an eighth or sixteenth note grid going with your strumming hand, but only sound the strings on the beats that you want to. This is a great method for keeping time while playing complex rhythmic figures.
Now let's put your knowledge of the ghost strum to the test in this practice session.
In this lesson Dave dives deeper into syncopation, this time subdividing in sixteenth notes.
Now that you're familiar with 16th note syncopation, let's get it under our fingers with practice.
In the previous lessons, we've been focused almost completely on chord-based rhythms. In this lesson, David takes a look at rhythm while using single notes.
Now it's time to wrap up this volume of the Beginner Rhythm Guitar Practice Plan by practicing the sixteenth note rhythm you learned in the previous lesson.
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All of the lessons in this series have been great. Really enjoying them.
All the above
Excellent explanation for meter vs pulse.
not so easy this time - especially the 2nd bar
Great lesson. He is very good at explaining the lesson
Hardest lesson I have had in a while guess I really did need this tune up after all
Have been struggeling to learn how to play NICE whit a pick. This lesson did change everything for me!!! Just some smal changes and boom Now im feeling hopefull about everything:):)
Just what I need! I'm in a kind of rut. I need to play more relaxed. Your course may help.
my thumbs down was accidental - I am enjoying this series dudes!
This really brings all former lessons in this series together that prepares one for the moderate/higher level of complexity presented. Good job.