Comping & Soloing Rhythms

March 03, 2017:
Comping and Soloing Rhythms

PART ONE: In part one we study the style of Folk guitar rhythms. This style uses combinations of smooth and steady grooves along with choppy /broken feels. Example one, applies a smooth and steady feel to an eighth-note rhythm pattern. 

Example two breaks up the groove with a more choppy feel that loses out on the 'down-beat' of beats 2 and 3. 

The next section of Part 1 introduces the world of Rock. The groove in example three is divided into two segments. The first (example 3a), contains a steady eighth-note power chord idea with subtle application of sixteenth-notes. 

Example 3b takes the riff further along by adding far more of a spotlight on the sixteenth-note feel. Palm muting is also added here as well. The example four Rock rhythm applies the very interesting sound of, "Time Signature Variation." 

When Rock rhythms float through different time signatures there can be opportunities for a more concentrated rhythmic meter. In example four, we have a riff that moves between 4/4 time and 3/4 time. Learning to develop these shifts is one of the most important skills of a rhythm guitarist.

Watch Part 2, 3 and 4 of this lesson in the members area. In Part Two, we'll work on Blues Shuffle rhythm. Part Three covers Jazz. Part Four works on Country Western. Paid members can download the handout along with the MP3 jamtrack in the members area at:



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