Intermediate Rhythmical Exercises

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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16th note Funk Patterns


These exercises are a sight reading, hand synchronisation 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’.


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Course

Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

The intermediate songs require you to learn barre chords and pentatonic scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fretboard.

To see all lessons in the intermediate course, go to Intermediate Guitar Course


Exercises

All those open position chords you learned in the beginner course now become barre chords and pentatonic scales.

You’ll map out the entire fretboard at this stage. Chord progressions become easier to see once played as barre chords and little licks will start appearing in your playing.

Preview the exercises from the course here: Intermediate Guitar Lessons


Tunes

Learn how to play famous intermediate songs.

‘1234’, ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’. ‘American Pie’, ‘Angie’, ‘Babylon’, ‘Beautiful’, ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’, ‘Dreadlock Holiday’, ‘Empire State Of Mind’, ‘Fast Car’, ‘Hey There Delilah’, ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’, ‘I’m Yours’, ‘Kiss Me’, ‘Last Request’, ‘Mad World’, ‘Red’, ‘The Scientist’, ‘Starman’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’, and ‘Whistle For The Choir’.

To preview each song, go to Intermediate Acoustic Songs


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Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.

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