Guitar Lesson 33: Rhythm playing mechanics with a focus on the song Valerie for an Open Mic Night

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Guitar Lesson 33: Rhythm playing mechanics with a focus on the song Valerie for an Open Mic Night

In guitar lesson 33, Dan and I examine some of the obstacles you might come up against, particularly in your rhythm playing, when playing an open mic night. In this lesson, which is in response to some questions by one of our listeners, we look at the rhythm part to Valerie with some hints to help your performance, including pick mechanics, dynamics, muting, percussive hits and compressors.

Main timings

0:01:32 Introduction and discussion about issues playing an Open Mic
0:09:31 put a mute on the 1st beat for some drumming-like dynamics
0:12:49 How to add anticipation on the A chord to lead back to the verse
0:18:15 Rhythm Mechanics 1: choosing all downstrokes and muting
0:20:25 Rhythm Mechanics 2: using the low strings for the percussive hit
0:21:13 Rhythm  Mechanics 3: using a rhythmic fill to increase interest
0:31:16 Rhythm Mechanics 4: Keeping your strumming hand loose
0:37:19 Practice playing quietly and loudly by your pick attack
0:46:17 Compressors – main discussion about them
0:59:33 Using a drive pedal
1:00:36 Summary of this lesson

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Detailed timings

0:01:32 Introduction and discussion about issues playing an Open Mic
0:05:13 EXCERPT – Valerie originally done by Zutons
0:05:37 EXCERPT – Amy Winehouse in key of Ab
0:07:32 Dan’s approach to rhythm in a song like Valerie in Key of D – Dmaj7  Emin7  /  G  F#min  /  A
0:08:30 Dan advocates playing on the offbeat all downstrokes
0:09:07 A quick runthrough on the verse
0:09:31 put a mute on the 1st beat for some drumming-like dynamics
0:10:29 Second runthrough picking up on that percussive element as a guitar player
0:11:21 Now if we go to the chorus and look at G F#min and A
0:12:49 How to add anticipation on the A chord to lead back to the verse
0:13:42 Dan playing through a whole cycle
0:18:15 Rhythm Mechanics 1: choosing all downstrokes and muting
0:18:31 Our chords are barre chords
0:20:25 Rhythm Mechanics 2: using the low strings for the percussive hit
0:21:13 Rhythm  Mechanics 3: using a rhythmic fill to increase interest
0:22:05 Some detailed discussion and stories about rhythmic playing
0:28:52 EXCERPT: Ultra Nate – Free
0:30:14 EXCERPT: DNCE – Cake by the ocean
0:30:24 EXCERPT – Pirates of the Caribbean
0:31:16 Rhythm Mechanics 4: Keeping your strumming hand loose
0:31:45 My run through with Dan’s embellishments
0:32:29 So when Dan played in the band – adding two note chords and double stops
0:32:56 Recommendation to listen to lesson 31
0:33:27 3 string chord solos
0:34:42 Back to Rhythm Mechanics 4: Relaxation and effect on the pick
0:36:41 Using a compressor part 1
0:37:19 Practice playing quietly and loudly just by changing the grip on your pick
0:40:25 Guitar is like quantum physics
0:42:48 Adrian Legg on perfection
0:44:34 Cornford Amps
0:45:23 Guthrie, Satch and Kotzen signature Cornfords
0:46:17 Compressors part 2 – main discussion about them
0:59:33 Using a drive pedal
1:00:36 Summary of this lesson

 

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