Guitar Lesson 29: Playing rhythmically, being groovy & practising note durations

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In Guitar Lesson 29, we decide to return to rhythm playing: this time looking at staying in time, feeling the pulse and playing rhythmically, with interest and in the groove.  The lesson is divided up into three parts: Firstly, we look at playing funky grooves and using a metronome; secondly, we have a look at how to play Back in Black in time; finally we look at practicing different note groupings and note durations over a couple of backing tracks.

Guitar Lesson 29 – Audio link

  • 1:25 Introduction – What is it about rhythm that gets missed?
  • 5:12 Hot for teacher clip – Van Halen – to hear the rhythm playing in this song
  • 6:00 Dan’s question: So what aspects of rhythm are tricky? My answer: Making it interesting and groovy.
  • 7:45 We start with a classic funky groove demonstrated by Dan and destroyed by me – ha ha
  • 9:00 What does it mean to make something groovy?  Your audience should feel the need to move from your groove.
  • 9:45 Where is the beat? The importance of tapping your foot
  • 10:50 Get it nice and funky – sitting nicely in that groove
  • 12:00 Keep it really simple on the left hand so you can concentrate on the beat and strumming
  • 14:00 Using a metronome to assist your inner pulse and feel the beat.
  • 18:00 Thoughts on locking in, feeling the pulse and playing naturally
  • 24:50 Duran Duran – Notorious
  • 28:20 What other rhythms can we take a look at today? I suggest ACDC, Back in Black
  • 29:15 Guitar swap
  • 29:53 ACDC – Back in Black
  • 30:20 Step one: Get the chords in the right place
  • 30:45 An initial look at the guitar lick fills
  • 32:05 The importance of slowing stuff down to learn it. Compare to singers’ soul vocal fills, learning bends
  • 39:15 Dan’s question: Any other rhythms causing pain. My answer was note groupings in soloing
  • 40:25 Trying different groupings and note durations over a backing track
  • 44:05 Some shapes lend themselves well to different note types
  • 45:00 Second backing track in B Minor
  • 49:30 Still over the backing track in B Minor but fitting the phrasing into the groove and thinking like a horn player
  • 52:00 Still over the backing track in B Minor but fitting the phrasing into the groove and thinking like a horn player
  • 54:00 use phrases that are a rhythmic thing in themselves

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Interesting further study on rhythm and pulse

Duran Duran – Notorious

Backing Tracks

(I couldn’t find the correct one but this one by Quistorama is close)

Keep listening for more great lessons and ideas from Tune in, Tone up! Lesson coming up.

We really appreciate all your support and engagement,

Gary and Dan – Tune in, Tone up!

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