RHYTHM GUITAR 004: Time Signatures & Chord Voicings

May 04, 2018:
Time Signatures and Chord Voicings

 NEW  The fourth lesson of "Rhythm Guitar" opens up the possibility of performing rhythm grooves in multiple time signatures.

The lesson contains studies using; "Common Time," (4/4), "Simple Time Waltz," (3/4), "Compound Meter," (6/8), and "Odd Meter," (5/4).

A secondary part of this lesson plan involves using two sets of differently voiced chord shapes for each exercise. One chord voicing will be set into the open position. The other will arrange the same chord name and quality in the mid-region of the neck. 

Members can watch the associated video lessons and download the handout, along with the MP3 clap/strum-a-long tracks...

Join the member's area to download the PDF handout and MP3's. Study all of the examples with full access to both video lessons. Be sure to spend some additional time on learning the "Rhythm Jam Challenge" piece that I performed at the start of the lesson in the "Part One" video...

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PART ONE:  In example one, our rhythm study applies the most popular of musical time signatures, "Common Time," (4/4). Common time is used in nearly every style of popular music.

The rhythm in example one includes a combination of eighth-notes, quarter-notes and half-notes, along with a handful of eighth and quarter rests..

In example two, a simple time waltz in 3/4 applies a collection of quarter and eighth-notes across a four bar rhythm study.

The chord voicings used in example two include; "Dm, Am, G, and C." The progression is based in the key of "C Major," and works through a combination of open position chords and small upper 3-string triads played in the mid-region of the fingerboard.

In example three, our feel of time shifts to "Compound Meter." These are unique rhythmic feels that focus on grooves where the top number of the time signature is a multiple of three, (but not equal to three).

Our example is using the feel of "6/8" time. In this time signature the "dotted quarter-note," receives the count. Tap your foot twice per measure in 6/8, counting; 1-2-3, 4-5-6..

Example four, explores the feel of "odd meter." Odd meter is a unique rhythmic feel that applies irregular (odd group) accents. 5/4 is similar to 4/4 with an extra quarter note. Feel this by counting to five instead of four, and subdividing the stress /accent of 5/4 into smaller groupings of 2 and 3 counts.

This means that instead of counting all the way to five, you would stress the dynamics of the feel for the count as either; 1 2 1 2 3, or 1 2 3 1 2. In example four, we will stress the feel of 5/4 as the later, (1 2 3 1 2).

The chord voicings used in example four will include; "Em, C, D, G, Am, Em7 and B7." Study the shapes as they are presented in the handout. Learn to fret each pattern to the best of your ability.

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