Rhythmical Exercises

Intro

Rhythmical Exercises - Intro

Practice with 15 Strumming Exercises!

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Reading Rhythms

Reading Rhythms

Learn how to play and read rhythms on the guitar!

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Strumming Pat 1-5

Strumming Pat 1-5

Learn how to read and play rhythms!

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Strumming Pat 6-10

Strumming Pat 6-10

Learn how to read and play rhythms!

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Strummng Pat 11-15

Strumming Pat 11-15

Learn how to read and play rhythms!

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Intermediate Rhythm

Intermediate Rhythm

Get another 30 rhythm lesson!

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To read and play rhythms on the guitar is easy!

Playing rhythms on the guitar is easy to understand. All you need to do is pair the rhythms with up and down strokes.

As long as you do this you can always work out how to play any strumming pattern.

Before we dive into the rhythmical exercises, let’s first ensure we understand the basics of notated rhythm:

  1. All rhythms are named after being in the time signature of 4/4
  2. A note that lasts a whole bar of 4/4 is called a whole note; it lasts 4 beats.
  3. A note that lasts half a bar of 4/4, or two beats is called a half note.
  4. A note that lasts one beat is called a quarter note since there are four of these in one bar of 4/4.
  5. A note that lasts half a beat is called an eight note since there are eight of these in a bar of 4/4.

Rhythm Tree

Rhythm Tree

We can use a rhythm tree to more clearly see the relationships between the different rhythms.

If you play in a different time signature than 4/4, the notes are still called the same.

A half note, for example, wouldn’t take up half a bar of 3/4, it would take up two beats.

Learn more about rhythm in the Beginner Guitar Course.

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