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A songwriters guide to understanding guitar rhythms

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Lessons in This Class

28 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Welcome

    • 2. Introduction

    • 3. Time signatures

    • 4. 4/4

    • 5. Strumming quavers

    • 6. Skipping

    • 7. Skipping practice

    • 8. Skipping practice song

    • 9. Advanced pattern

    • 10. Advanced pattern practice

    • 11. Advanced pattern practice song

    • 12. Accents

    • 13. Variation #1 introduction

    • 14. Variation #1 practice

    • 15. Variation #1 practice music

    • 16. Variation #2 introduction

    • 17. Variation #2 practice

    • 18. Variation #2 practice music

    • 19. Variation #3 introduction

    • 20. Variation #3 practice

    • 21. Variation #3 practice music

    • 22. Variation #4 introduction

    • 23. Variation #4 practice

    • 24. Variation #4 practice music

    • 25. Complex rhythm introduction

    • 26. Complex rhythm practice

    • 27. Complex rhythm practice music

    • 28. Thank you

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About This Class

This course is specifically designed to help you understand the most basic guitar rhythms ever composed. In knowing this you can easily create an incredible piece of music, even if all you know are 4 basic chords. Some of the greatest songs in history are purely 4 chords and my course is designed to help you create your greatest song.

The course will guide you step by step through the process of playing and understanding different guitar rhythms with easy to follow backing music.

This isn’t a ‘learn how to play guitar’ course, it’s a ‘learn to make a rhythm with the chords you already know’ course. So if you don’t know basic guitar chords, it’s time to learn D, G, C, Am, Em and A so I can help you put them together and write your very first song.

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1. Welcome: Welcome to you. Understanding guitar rhythms. Number one part of the songwriting. Siri's My name is Chris Richter, and it is awesome too heavy here. As part of this course, you will learn how to play different guitar rhythms that you'll be able to use when you do your song. Running. Your project for this course will be to record yourself playing any one of the rhythm pounds leads for beginner acoustic terrorists or for songwriters that are learning to play to a nab you to write better songs, of course, does assume that you can play basic chords on guitar, and it also assumes that you do have guitars, will say, Grab your guitar and let's get into the course. 2. Introduction: strumming guitar can be an especially challenging experience when Sony people are telling you all these different ways that you should be playing. The technique that I will teach you is the basic building block that you can then break down and learn different styles for yourself. The courses for acoustic nylon string acoustic still string and electric guitar rhythm players you can strong with or without a guitar pick. It's completely up to you that are highly recommend, a good topic for a steel string, an electric guitar. 3. Time signatures: Before we go any further, we must understand a little bit about time. See features and a time signature is the number at the beginning of a pace of music. Typically, you would see 44 pronounced 44 the most common of all times of inches, so we have a four at the top and afford the bottom. Other time signatures that you might see are 3468 12 8 or on rare occasions you may even see 54 or 78 4. 4/4: Let's start looking at 44 before four means four crunchy bits per bar and you can see here these a crutch. It's we have 1234 crutches. Bates. When were playing Guitar Weaken? Simply look at this, a strumming down four times in each bar, you can see we have Dan Arrows, Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan In musical representation, there's at times future for four. This is called a trouble Cliff, but we won't need to worry about that at the moment. And we have four Bates in about 1234 And if we were strumming guitar, we would strum down 1234 So if you follow along, you can strum Here, you gay. 123123 Strumming down Nice And David. Make sure if you're using your topic that you don't get the court on the strings. So angle the pick up just a little bit, so that as you slide down, you're not catching on. The strings. Strike in 1234 5. Strumming quavers: you can now see that we have divided the full full buy into eight beats. There's a cold quivers these Rick waivers 12345678 Quakers. And when were strumming with Quivers what we're going to do, he's strum down. And then on our way back up, which we were doing before anyway, we're going to strum the strings role. So we're gonna strum down and then strung up. And if we do that one after the other, he's from Dan up. Dan, Dan, Dan. And you can say the letters that we've got the top day for Dan. Youth up and the arrow is pointing down are pointing up. If you'd prefer to count in numbers, you can count one and two and three and four. And so, using a J could it will sound like this damn up. Dan Dan Dan. You can also try saying one and two and three on four on Aziz from through which court 6. Skipping: Now that, you know had a strong a full bar of 44 using Quivers, we're going to learn how to skip Bates by skipping the fourth and the eighth quiver in a bar. It would look a bit like this. He's their first quiver. 2nd 3rd 4th 1 that we're going to skip 5th 6th 7th and eighth quiver that we're going to skip to say this, we can say, Dan up, Dan up, Dan up, Dan up Instead of saying the word up, we can say rest because that's where we don't touch the strings while we're strumming So we can say Damn up, down, wrist Dan up, Dan Wrist. That's every day playing a J code won t three dan down Don't touch the string, Dan. Dan, Don't touch the string. Damn, Dan. Wrist Damn! Damn! Raced Damn wrist, Dan Dan, rest. Just remember, as you move your hand up on the rest, you don't touch the strings. But you keep moving in a steady, even rhythm all the way through. It's your turn. Now you can choose any cords you like. I will count for you. I'll keep it nice and slow and nice and even for you. UK one to three. Four. Dan Up, Dan Wrist Dan Up. Dan Wrist Dan Up! Dan! Wrist Dan up! Dan! Wrist damn up! Dan Wrist Dan up. Dan Rest and Justice Example. I'll play this a little bit faster for you so you can hear what it sounds like if you're playing it in a song. 12 and three and four. 7. Skipping practice: Now it's your turn. He was seen music for you to try. You can try the pattern along with this music as it players. We use the courts a Motta and I'm ana for this. Remember, it's down, up, down, rest down, up, down, rest. And the difficult part is keeping it the nicest study temple and making sure that you change your cords quickly before you have to play. The next down at the music will give you a four bit counting and then you can have a guy three on your own. Here we go. 8. Skipping practice song: 9. Advanced pattern: for this pen. Let's get straight into something a bit more complex. We're going to skip the fifth beat in the bar just the fifth. So here we have one and two and three, which is the fifth night in the bath or fifth quiver. And then we have 67 and eight. So you will stand like this Dan Dan wrist way. So what we're doing here is we're not playing on the third. Damn, you can. Can't this again as Dan Wrist a plant 40 UK one and two and three and four at Dan. Wrist. Wrist risk, Dan. Wrist. Damn! Next, I'm going to give you a chance to play on your and you choose your own cord instead of a J cord. You can play whatever you like. I'll give you a canteen. We won't do it too fast. You see if you can keep up with it. Here we go. One end to end. Three end for end. Den Up, down, up! Risk! Up, down, up, down, up, down, up! Wrist up, down, up, Dan up, Dan up, Wrist up, Dan up, Dan up, Dan up, Wrist up, Dan up headed today hopefully went quite well with that and neck and apply it for you a little bit faster and give you an idea of how it would sound in a song. You guys one and two and three and four and 10. Advanced pattern practice: Now it's your turn to practice along with some music for this song. We're going to play a G and a C chord. It's Dan up, Dan up, wrist up, down, up Or, if you want to say a little bit differently, one end to end rest and for end that you can say it, however, works best for you. Some people prefer to count one and to end others when you're strolling, Prefer to say, Down, up, down, up Remember, we're looking at Quivers and we escaping bait number three, which is a damn that we don't touch the strings, I'll give you a canteen and you imply, along with the music. 11. Advanced pattern practice song: 12. Accents: it might seem a bit blend streaming down and up, and you're wondering why it doesn't quite sound like the song or like a song would be played. It's very important that you add accents to your strumming. This is where you strum a particular bait sightly heavy or slightly stronger than others in this example were strumming air previous Patton, Dan. Up, down, up, Wrist up, Dan up. But we're going to use what accord accents. So that means on this down and this up, we're going to play a little bit heavier on the guitar instead of keeping the nice and even all the way through will play one heavier than the other. You can use accents to make your rhythm sand even different and to also suit the music. So let's try it one and two and three and four and Dan Dan Wrist, Wrist up. Dan. You should have heard that accent coming out. I play for you now a little bit faster. You can hear what it sounds like has a full pattern being played, and so you're playing along with Song one and two and three and four and 13. Variation #1 introduction: we're going to work through some variations. We have four different rhythms that you can try and each one are demonstrate how to play them first. And then I'll give you a bit of music that you can practice yourself along with and say, Hey, this 1st 1 I removed the letters down and up because now you don't need them. You know, looking at the music, what you meant to play, say, Let's have look, Dan Wrist Dan Wrist Dan up, Dan wrist. So if you're going to play, you would sound like this. Three and four and down. Wrist down. Risk down. Wrist, wrist, wrist, wrist. So it should be it. Apply that along yourself. Now I'll give you a canton. I can't from three. Try not to get too fast and see if you can keep up and you can choose any course that you like instead of the G chord. Uber gay three and four end Dan Risk. Damn wrist. Then up. Down risk Dan Wrist. Then wrist. Dan up, then wrist Dan Wrist Dan. Wrist down, up, down, wrist. Dan Wrist. Dan. Wrist down, up, down. Rest at this time, but given example, played a little bit faster every day. Three and four 14. Variation #1 practice: you're turning out to play along with the music we use executive Same pattern. The court again to use RG to see And they're 16 buyers you can see here. This is that by We got four along the top and then another four. And if you just keep playing through your play all the way through those bowels with the music, I'll give you four counting. And remember, the rhythm is Dan, Dan, Dan up, down Or if you want at the resting Dan rest and risk Down, up, down rest. 15. Variation #1 practice music: - you . 16. Variation #2 introduction: We're now going to look a very action number two. And for this one, that's a quick look. It is Dan Wrist Dan, wrist down, up, wrist up. Now, the tricky one with this is that you're playing an up with them Just here after a rest, and then you've got a straightaway. Play this down again. And if you do have a court change, often the court change will be just here. So I need to be really quick and changing, cause to get back to this, Dan three and four and damn wrist. Wrist them. Risk wrist. Damn wrist, wrist them. Wrist, wrist, Damn Wrist. I'll give you a Canton. Play any court you like and see if you can follow along. You get three and four. End down risk. Dan. Wrist Dan up. Wrist up, down wrist. Dan, Breast down, up risk. Up, down, Wrist down. Wrist down, up! Wrist up, down! Rest. Dan. Wrist Dan up. Wrist up, Heggie. A Maybe a little bit fast. That's okay. You'll get the applied through quickly for you now. And you can hear what it sounds like is that was being played in a song. You gay three and four and 17. Variation #2 practice: Now that you've become very, very talented at playing this fatten, we're going to use it in a song. And again, the rhythm is Dan Wrist Dan Risk Dan up. Wrist up the court again to use R G, A minor C and D repeated four times. And music would give you a canteen if you go. 18. Variation #2 practice music: 19. Variation #3 introduction: we're now playing Variation number three. The rhythm that we're going to play is Dan up, Dan Wrist Dan up, wrist up. Similar to the last one book Just with one change So let's see if you can feel like this one. Oh, can't it? And life we three and four and risk down. Wrist, wrist down. Risk. Damn! Damn Wrist, wrist, wrist. Damn wrist. It wasn't too bad, was it? All right, you're 10. I can't for you. And you see, if you can strum along choosing any courts that you like And here we go. Three and four and Dan up. Down Risk, then up. Wrist up, Down, up, down Risk Dan up. Wrist up, Down, up, down Risk Dan up. Wrist up, down, up Then rest, Dan up. Wrist up. That sounded pretty good for me. I'll give you an example of playing it at the temple that you might use in Assam. Oh, now plate free at a template that you might use in something three and four 20. Variation #3 practice: variation number three. We now have some courts that you can play along with. Remember, the rhythm is dead up there and wrist and up, wrist up And the chords that began two years for this r e minor and a minor which are really easy cause to change between. So we're gonna pick up the tempo a little bit and play this one a bit faster than we have been for the others. I'll give you a count in a four and you start playing. 21. Variation #3 practice music: 22. Variation #4 introduction: variation Number four. This one's actually quite tricky, and the reason it's a little bit more difficult is because we're not playing on the damn big to in the damn bay. Three. And this will feel quite strange and a bit odd, cause we say used to playing on the to Dan bait and usually on the three as well. Let's have a gay through and see have this one works. Dan up, wrist up, wrist up, down, up, Dan up. Risk up, Wrist up, Dan up on this rhythm sounds really cool, but it's quite a bit harder to sort of get your head around a plate for you. Give you get a three and four end down wrist, your 10 to play. Three. I'll give you accounting. She's any could you like and see if you can play through. Let's give it a go three and four and Dan up. Wrist up, wrist up. Then up, down, up, Wrist up, Wrist up, down, up, down, up. Wrist up, Wrist up, down, up, down, up. Wrist, uh, Wrist up, Dan up. And hopefully that wasn't too fast. Feel free to give it through that again. If you need to and try it overnight until you're really comfortable with playing that rhythm. This is what it sounds like up to temper. He Begay, three and four and 23. Variation #4 practice: for variation number four. We're going to try a different collection of chords. Were going to use D E minor G and A using the rhythm down, up, wrist up, wrist up, down, up Let's give it a gay and so what you think? 24. Variation #4 practice music: 25. Complex rhythm introduction: We're going to finish off with one complex rhythm and this complex rhythm is played across two bars. The rhythm looks like this. Dan Wrist Dan. Wrist Dan up. Wrist up, Dan up, wrist up, down risk. Then wrist. This one. You need to take a bit slower, so I'll play it through for you. Feel free to play along with the G could and would just do it nice and slay three and four . End down. Risk down. Wrist, wrist, wrist. Dan. Wrist damn wrist. That's pretty long, isn't it? I give you again nice and slay. Not too fast. I can't. You play along, pick any card you like. Three and four, end down risk. Then risk down. Up, wrist up, down, up, wrist up, Then wrist. Then rest down. Wrist down. Risk. Down, up, wrist up, down, up. Risk up. Dan. Wrist. Dan Wrist. I know he said that Wrong? Yeah, I'll play that 34 year up to tempo and we'll hear what it sounds like. Or could send. Lacked bustle being sung. Yeah, three and four And Dan! Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan Dan! Damn. Damn 26. Complex rhythm practice: I know that you want to play this one along with the music. The music for this one has less changes in it. We're not changing everybody. We're gonna change every second bar. That will make it quite a bit easier for you. The court we were use at G C and a minor. The tempo might be too fast. Remember, the rhythm is Dan. Dan. Dan. Up, up, down, up, up. Dan! Dan, let's have a go. 27. Complex rhythm practice music: - it . 28. Thank you: Well, congratulations. You made it through all those different guitar rhythms. Hopefully, by now you have a better understanding of the basic rhythms in four, for you can start moving onto rhythms in 34 and 68 and many other rhythms you can pick up by listening to some of your favorite songs. If there's any songs that you really like that you want to know what the rhythms are for them, let me now and I'll see if I can work out The rhythm for some of those songs would be great to hear your gang remember For this project, you need to record yourself playing one of these rhythms. Send it through to me so I can see here going. My name is Chris Richter, and it's been fantastic having you along with this course. I will see in the next one to go and Maxim or some music