Thirty Rhythmical Exercises
Play along strumming exercises
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Fifteen strumming exercises
Change the chords to develop rhythmical exercises
In the intermediate course, we use these videos as a first step, ensuring that you can read rhythms. Following this, we mainly study actual songs strumming patterns to learn more about rhythm.
The first fifteen exercises are identical to the exercises you practised in beginner rhythmical exercises. Now, we add more chords.
The chords played are G and C, but why stop there? Try the same exercise but change the chords to, for example, D and A.
An important skill to develop is independence between rhythm and chord playing. Experimenting with changing the chords every time you practice these exercises will get you better at that as well as playing rhythms.
The next fifteen exercises are new and use 16th note rhythms. This means the right hand’s pendulum movement has to change pace.
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Another fifteen strumming exercises
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These exercises are a sight-reading, hand synchronization, and technical exercise all in one.
The first ten are relatively easy, the last five are definitely not!
One of the best things you can do to further develop is to write your own exercises.
The more you get involved and put into your rhythm practice, the more you will get out of it.
The final exercise uses a grouping of three: Play a 16th, wait for two 16th, and then loops this formula.
The consequence of such a pattern is that we get the feeling of moving across the beat, this is called a ‘cross-rhythm’.
All those open position chords you learned in the beginner course now become barre chords and pentatonic scales.
We’ll use this to map out the entire fretboard. Everything becomes easier to visualize once this foundation is laid.
The intermediate songs require you to learn barre chords and pentatonic scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fretboard.
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A Change Is Gonna Come, American Pie, Angie, Babylon, Blowin’ In The Wind, Dreadlock Holiday, Fast Car, Hey There Delilah, I Can’t Stand The Rain, I’m Yours, Kiss Me, Mad World, Red, Starman, Sunny Afternoon, and Whistle For The Choir.
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