RHYTHM GUITAR 014: Pop & Contemporary Rhythms

September 21, 2018:
Pop and Contemporary

 NEW  The 14th lesson of "Rhythm Guitar" explores the popular groves and feel of pop and adult contemporary music. The lesson plan is organized around some of the most common rhythm styles used in all forms of pop music including; Dance, Hip-Hop, R&B, Blues-Soul, Progressive Pop, and Adult Contemporary.

A bonus for BASIC and PREMIUM web-site members are the (9) MP3 play-along tracks that will help with learning each rhythm example. 

Paid Web-site members (BASIC and PREMIUM), can watch the associated video lessons and download the detailed PDF handout, along with the MP3 clap /strum play-along 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...

Watch the Part One Video FREE on YouTube:

PART ONE (free on YouTube):  Example one  takes a close look at a common sounding repetitive groove which would be generally applied across the styles of Hip-Hop and Dance Rhythm.

PART TWO:  In example two, the beat shifts to the 1950's classics with a Blues-Soul rhythm based upon the swing-shuffle. In this rhythm, the groove operates around an R&B effect composed of tighter shots that include space (rests). 

In example three, a Progressive Pop progression in the musical direction of bands like; Genesis, XTC or Al Stewart applies an interesting mix of chord shots and filler lines.

The groove is based upon a more complex slightly syncopated rhythm that involves mixing a group of six chords from the key of "E Minor," over a 2-bar riff that includes filler tones.


PART FOUR:  Example four heads into the sounds of Adult Contemporary. This category includes the music of easy listening singers - the likes of - Johnny Mathis and Billy Ocean to Ed Sheeran, as well as, highly polished Adult Contemporary groups like; Air Supply, Fleetwood Mac and The Moody Blues.

Example four applies a steady sixteenth-note feel that does not attack the beat of 2 or 4. A tied rhythm off of the final sixteenth of beats one and three eliminates the attack on beats 2 and 4.

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Paid members can download the handout along with the MP3 jamtracks in the members area at: CreativeGuitarStudio.com



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