Crafting Parts for Modern Rhythm Guitar

Skill Building Guitar Course from Eric Ruscinski

Looking to step outside the box a little bit and find new ways to make you're playing more interesting and creative? Eric Ruscinkski's course Crafting Parts For Modern Guitar will help you add character to your chords and progressions that will inspire you and help you move forward as a strong guitar player!

27 Lessons

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


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Eric starts the course out in open position and takes some commonly used chord voicings and tweaks them a bit to make them feel a little bit more unique. As the course goes along he'll unpack moveable chord shapes which is a powerful tool for unlocking the fretboard! He will also touch on how to use a capo, open strings within rhythm guitar, sparse voicings, right-hand picking technique, fingerstyle technique, and at the end of the course he'll show you how he would arrange some guitar parts over four different backing tracks!



Eric Ruscinski introduces us to his course "Crafting Parts For Modern Guitar - Rhythm".

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Embellishing Open Chords - C Major

In these first few lessons, Eric has us focused on open position with some tips on adding a little more "flavor" to our playing. This first lesson we will focus on the C Major signature.

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Embellishing Open Chords - G Major

We move on to the key of G Major and Eric shows us something unique with each chord to help us stand out a little bit.

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Embellishing Open Chords - E Minor

Let's keep chugging away with adding some cool embellishments with our chords in the open position. This lesson we focus on E Minor!

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Embellishing Open Chords - E Major

In this lesson, we play a simple progression in the key of E Major.

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Embellishing Open Chords - A Major

For our last lesson with a focus on our open position, Eric breaks down some tips on the A Major signature.

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Introduction to Barre Chords

Now that we have learned a good amount of embellishments for our open position, let's move up the guitar neck!

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Barre Chords Part II

In this lesson with major and minor barre chords now under our belt, we dive a bit deeper with getting major and minor 7 chords under our fingers to give our playing more texture.

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Moving Shapes

This next lesson has us playing a progression that is cumulative of the last two lessons we learned involving barre chords.

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Introduction to the CAGED System

Eric introduces us to the CAGED system which is a way of remembering certain chords that we can actually move up the whole fret board!

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Open Shapes vs. Capo

In this lesson, Eric talks us through the multiple ways to use open strings on a guitar along with when and where to us our capos!

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Capo in F

Now that we have gotten used to our capo, let's take a deeper dive with it in this next progression.

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E Major: Open Strings

Jumping back to a key we played earlier in this course, the key of E Major, now we are going to incorporate open strings and different shapes and move them around different parts of the guitar neck!

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A Major: Open Strings and Capo

In this lesson, we play in the key of A with a progression we played back in lesson 6. This time Eric expands on the progression showing us three different places to play it on the neck.

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C Major: Open Strings

Eric takes the very first progression we learned at the beginning of this course and opens up our vocabulary a little bit more by showing us how to play the same progression in a few different ways.

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Sparse Voicings: E Minor

In these next few lessons, Eric introduces us to sparse voicings and how and when to use them. For this lesson, we focus on the key of E minor.

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Sparse Voicings: B Major

Let's take those same voicings from the previous lesson and move them to the key of B Major.

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Sparse Voicings: F Major

We move into the key of F Major using sparse voicings!

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Sparse Voicings: C Major

For our last lesson with a focus on sparse voicings, we move into the key of C major.

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Palm Muting and Accents

Let's put some focus on our right-hand technique and how we use it to support our guitar playing.

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Acoustic Strumming

In this lesson, Eric puts our focus on strumming, specifically with the acoustic guitar.

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E Minor Fingerstyle Ideas

Eric shows some fingerstyle ideas if we are looking to add some rhythm to a piece.

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Writing and Arranging: C Major

For our last section in this course, we focus on arranging guitar parts for modern guitar! In this lesson, we focus on the key of C Major.

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Writing and Arranging: D Major

Let's move into the key of D Major, using some major 7 chords and sparse voicings when playing over this next track!

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Writing and Arranging: A Major

For this next track, we take some bar chords, major 7 shapes, and some right-hand picking to find new ways to make this progression a little more interesting.

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Writing and Arranging: A Major Part II

In this lesson, we take the same track and same progression from the previous lesson and switch to an acoustic guitar!

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Writing and Arranging: B Major

For our last lesson of the course, we jump into the key of B Major!

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