Advanced Rhythmical Exercises

How to build your own Rhythmical Exercises!

To read and play rhythms at 16th note pace, your right hand has to move at this pace throughout.

The key to playing rhythm lies within the right hands pendulum movement.

When you practice these last rhythm exercises you will find the same patterns as you played in your intermediate studies, but this time the chords change.

It is vital that you play the patterns with the exact up and down strokes as in the videos and that you practice to a click.

Advanced Rhythmical Exercises 1-5

These rhythmical exercises are the same as the Intermediate Rhythmical Exercises, but here they change chords.

In the video I use two dom9 chords, but any chords would work.

After completing the exercises, start changing them into whatever other chords you can think of.

When you pushed the BPM as far as you can, and changed the chords around, start writing your own funk patterns.

This is the key to developing, you have to start writing rhythms, then try to play them.

Simply pick rhythm, write it down, pick a couple of chords and you’re good to go.

To write your own exercises is the best way since it enables you to focus on your own specific weakness.

Use the rhythms you struggle with to for maximum improvement.

Advanced Rhythmical Exercises 6-10

Once you can play an example, push the BPM! When you can’t push the BPM any more, change the chords.

Exercise 7 for example is not difficult to understand, but to play it at a high BPM setting, sticking to the click and changing chords at the same time might be!

In Exercise 9 the change of the chord on beat 4 is tricky.

Exercise 10 start on the 2nd 16th. Can you keep it up for a minute? At what BPM?

For maximum effect, write down your BPM results.

Advanced Rhythmical Exercises 11-15

These are your final rhythmical exercises. When you can play these it’s time to start writing your own.

Remember that rhythmical symbols are easy to translate to up and down strokes.

Keep that pendulum movement going and you can’t fail.

Conclusion Rhythmical Exercises

If you can read rhythms you can write rhythms.

When you completed these last fifteen exercises this must be your next goal, to write your own exercises.

The better you get at this, the better you will be able to lock in with a drummer and other musicians in a band environment.

The more extreme the exercise, the harder challenges you will be able to cope with.

Only you yourself can design the exercise that are best for you.

Learn more about reading and writing rhythms in the Advanced Guitar Course.