30 Rhythm Guitar Grooves You Must Know

Skill Building Guitar Course from David Isaacs

The guitar is predominantly a rhythm instrument. Just like lead guitar, there's a certain vocabulary that a rhythm guitarist should have under their fingers. David Isaacs breaks down 30 common rhythm grooves and delivers them to you in this groove pack!

31 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.


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David Isaacs provides 30 individual rhythm guitar grooves that you can cut your teeth on. If you've got a good rhythmic feel, but need some ideas on individual groove, this course is for you!


30 Rhythm Guitar Grooves You Must Know Introduction

To get started, David introduces us to this rhythm grooves pack and discusses how you'll move forward.

7:35 Runtime

0.0 Difficulty


Straight Backbeat

To get us started off, David delivers a straight-up rock groove.

5:44 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Backbeat Shuffle

This one, like the last you'll be emphasizing that backbeat. You'll add a shuffle to make things interesting.

5:22 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty



Against a pulsing kick drum, you'll be playing a running eighth note pattern, in what is one of the most common rhythmic grooves in Pop and Rock.

6:06 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

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Eighth Note Shuffle

For this groove, you'll be taking ideas from the last lesson and adding a shuffle to it.

6:57 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Pushed Three

This groove has a push on the three which is shifted an eighth note early.

5:50 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Pushed Backbeat Shuffle

Like the previous groove, you'll use a pushed three, but add a shuffle feel.

7:07 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Classic Stomp

This riff surrounds a classic stomping rhythm and makes use of some satisfying crunch on the tone.

6:52 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Stomp Shuffle

This riff like the last will surround a stomping rhythm while adding a shuffle feel.

6:54 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Syncopated Kick

We're now getting into more complex grooves and riffs that will be incorporating syncopated elements.

6:15 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Syncopated Shuffle

Just like the last riff, this one introduces the shuffle feel.

5:42 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Accented Offbeats

This riff is an R&B-influenced rock riff with an accented backbeat.

6:03 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Offbeat Shuffle

This riff adds a shuffle feel to the offbeat rhythm in a Blues/Rock genre.

6:17 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Boom Chick

This groove harkens back to Country and Americana with the classic Boom Chick rhythm.

6:09 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Offbeat Snare Shuffle

This groove is not only a shuffle, but it's designed to really accentuate the offbeat snare in the track.

4:55 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty



This riff is designed around the classic country train beat.

5:48 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Swamp Pop Shuffle

This riff has a very familiar down south "swamp" vibe in a shuffle rhythm.

6:00 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Sixteenth Note Hi-Hat

This groove has a repeating pattern on the hi-hat that you'll be grooving around.

6:08 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Half Time Shuffle

This riff makes use of the "half-time" groove.

7:37 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Bo Diddley Beat

This riff should be familiar. It takes advantage of the classic "Bo Diddley" beat.

6:17 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Swinging Street Beat

This groove is designed around a street beat you might here in New Orleans.

6:58 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Four on the Floor

This groove moves around a straight quarter note kick drum known in musical circles as the "Four on the Floor" beat.

6:05 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty



This riff is all about that crazy surf rhythm from days gone by!

5:47 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Funky Break

This one gets funky with syncopated chords that flow with the strong beats of the drum section.

7:25 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Smooth Pushed

We're once again working with pushed rhythms, like we did previously. This one has a smooth riff built around it.

6:36 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Half Time Stomp

This groove goes back to the stomp rhythm you tackled previously, this time with a half time feel.

6:47 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Blues Rumba

This riff is a blend of classic blues with a Caribbean Rumba flavor.

8:02 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Funky Rock

This riff gets funk with some rock influence that harkens back to the jam band era.

6:18 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Triplet Soul

This soul-influenced riff takes advantage of a triplet feel.

7:27 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Syncopated Stomp

You'll once again be working with that rock stomp feel, but this time you'll be syncopating the riff.

7:36 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Ringing Six

This groove is a classic rock staple in the time signature of 6/8.

6:42 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

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Dave Isaacs Group

  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Playing since 1980
  • 478 lessons at JamPlay
Nashville-based Dave Isaacs has made a name for himself as one of Music City's top guitar instructors, working with both professional and aspiring songwriters and artists at his Music Row teaching studio. He is also an instructor in the music department at Tennessee State University and is the coordinator and artistic director of the annual TSU Guitar Summit.

A seasoned performer as well, Dave has released eight independent CDs and gigs steadily as a solo artist, bandleader, and sideman. He continues to write, record, and perform as well as arranging and producing projects for other artists.

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Most guitarist I know want to learn lead guitar as the name leading guitar puts you at the top of the chain. However not too many understand that rhythm is the foundation of a good lead guitar. This is by far one of the best topics I have found


Wish he played a little longer at the end of the video with the backing track. Maybe like 30 second longer