Rockin Rhythms and Beyond

Genre and Style Guitar Course from John Shannon

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.

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Join John Shannon as he takes a look at some advanced rhythm guitar techniques designed to turn you into a great rock rhythm guitar player.


Series Introduction

Join John Shannon as he introduces his series, Rockin' Rhythms and Beyond. In this series, John will take a look at some advanced rhythm guitar techniques designed to turn you into a great rock rhythm guitar player.

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The Five Tempo Zones

To start off the course, John explains the 5 tempo zones we'll be using throughout the series.

11:23 Runtime

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Tempo Awareness

As a rhythmic player, it's very important to be able to adjust and adapt to different tempos, and to be able to recognize different tempos.

6:35 Runtime

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Kick Drum Sync

The bass player is not the only one who can sync up with the kick drum! John shows us how to make a band even more cohesive by syncing up your rhythm guitar playing to the kick drum as well.

9:25 Runtime

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Funk Rock With the Thumb

John now explores the tonal differences between using your thumb versus using a pick.

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Funk Rock with a Pick

Now John takes the same type of riff and plays it with the pick to illustrate the tonal differences.

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Playing with Thumbs and Fingers

The subtle textures of using the thumb and fingers together is a must know technique for any rhythm player. In this lesson John shows us a riff to help get us acquainted with this technique.

8:38 Runtime

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The Envelope Filter

The envelope filter pedal is a great tool for rhythm playing. It can add depth and character to your rhythm parts. In this lessons, John demonstrates the pedal and gives some advice on how to configure and use it.

10:20 Runtime

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Single Note Rhythm, Part 1

Simply playing chords is not the only aspect of great rhythm playing. In the next few lessons, John shows us how to incorporate single note rhythms into our playing.

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Single Note Rhythm, Part 2: Hammer-On Phrasing

Using hammer-ons in a rhythmic context can really enhance your phrasing. Join John and he dives into this useful rhythmic concept.

8:37 Runtime

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Single Note Rhythm, Part 3: The Palm Mute

When it comes to phrasing, dynamics and control, the palm mute is one of the most valuable techniques you can apply to the guitar. John shows us how to best apply this technique.

8:23 Runtime

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Single Note Rhythm, Part 4: Pressure and Release

Creating pressure and release with the fingers of your left hand is a key element in varying your rhythmic playing. John gives us a simple exercise to practice this technique with.

7:11 Runtime

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Single Note Rhythm, Part 5: Trills

In this lesson, John explains and demonstrates the Trill technique to expand your rhythmic playing even further.

6:49 Runtime

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Single Note Rhythm, Part 6: Descending Arpeggios

Descending arpeggios can add a cascading effect to a single note rhythm line. John teaches us a cool descending arpeggio lick that you can take and modify as your own!

7:42 Runtime

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Single Note Rhythm, Part 7: Pick and Middle Finger Riff

In this lesson, John uses his pick and middle finger over a riff comprised of "4ths" to illustrate the different kinds of tones you can get using a combination of different right hand techniques.

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Single Note Rhythm, Part 8: Advanced Picking and Space

Sometimes what you DON'T play can affect the rhythm of a song more than anything. John explores leaving space in your picking in this installment of Rockin' Rhythms and Beyond.

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Intro to Surf Rock Technique

Surf Rock is traditionally a very rhythmic genre. So it makes sense to explore it a little in this series! John shows us a cool riff that employs the trill technique to get us going.

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Surf Rock Riff

Now John takes a riff similar to the trill riff in the previous lesson and adds some movement to it. This will help you get the feel of moving around the neck while playing the trill technique.

6:13 Runtime

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Rock Swing With Minor 7th Chords, Part 1

The minor 7th chord is a great chord to know that can add a lot of flavor to your playing. In this lesson, John shows us a particular voicing for the minor 7th chord that lends itself well to the rock swing rhythm he is playing.

10:17 Runtime

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Rock Swing With Minor 7th Chords, Part 2

Continuing with the swing feel, John shows us another voicing for the minor 7th chord that will give you more options when using this chord.

9:14 Runtime

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Reggae Rock Rhythm Part 1: The One Drop

Reggae is a feel that commonly crosses over into the rock genre. One of the hallmarks of this feel is what John will explain in this lesson as the "One Drop".

8:48 Runtime

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Reggae Rock Rhythm Part 2: The Two Drop

In this lesson, John uses the reggae feel to show us the two drop technique. He also will employ the pressure and release technique to really tighten up the sound.

7:29 Runtime

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The Use of Space With Minor Chord Inversions

John continues with the Reggae Rock feel, but this time approaches it with a sliding chordal riff that includes a lot of space that adds to the overall feel of the riff!

9:08 Runtime

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Getting the Feel of 5/4 Time

The odd time of 5/4 can seem very daunting at first. In this lesson, John teaches us that the key to learning this time signature is to spend a lot of time getting used to the feel.

6:18 Runtime

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Riffs in 5

As we continue to get used the feel of "5", John shows us a new riff to help us down that road!

8:35 Runtime

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Getting the Feel of Playing in 7

Just like playing in 5, playing in 7 takes time to get used to the feel. In this lesson, John shows us a simple riff to get us practicing this feel.

6:50 Runtime

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Suspended Chord Riff in 7

In this lesson, John gets us used to playing in 7 even more with this cool suspended chord riff.

8:44 Runtime

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Overall Rhythm and Technique, Part 1

In this lesson, John takes several different techniques that we've learned in this series, and puts them together in a riff.

7:58 Runtime

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Overall Rhythm and Technique, Part 2

John gives us another combination riff that will employ several different techniques we've learned throughout the series.

10:21 Runtime

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Imposing A Different Time Feel

To wrap up the series, John shows us an advanced technique that teaches us how to impose one feel over the top of another feel.

9:52 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty

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