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Play Acoustic Guitar 4: Rhythm Principles

Ignite your acoustic guitar rhythm chops with this Acoustic Learning Path core course.
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Overview

Welcome to Play Acoustic Guitar 4: Rhythm Principles for intermediate to late Intermediate students of Acoustic guitar. This Acoustic Learning Path core course is presented by 3 top TrueFire educators: Laurence Juber, Massimo Varini, and Brad Carlton. The Rhythm Principles curriculum is comprised of select acoustic guitar lessons from the educators' existing TrueFire course libraries. Guitarists spend 90% of their time on the bandstand playing rhythm guitar behind vocals and other musicians solos, which is why it's critical to develop solid rhythm skills. Having command of a wide range of chord voicings, rhythm patterns and creative approaches is what distinguishes great players from the mediocre, and it's also the number one reason that other musicians will want you in their band or invite you back to the jam. The video guitar lessons in this core course will equip you with the technical and creative skills you need to take your rhythm guitar playing to the next level.

Play Acoustic Guitar 4: Rhythm Principles is organized into 3 sections. In the first section, Massimo Varini guides you through 16 key rhythm techniques and applications from pick selection to rhythm figures to strumming patterns and everything in between. Laurence Juber takes over in the Section 2 with the 16 key concepts and techniques that comprise his rhythm method. Brad Carlton wraps up this core course with 6 demonstrations and playalongs focused on beautiful sounding, ringing open string chords.

When you've completed the lessons here in Rhythm Principles, you'll find more lessons focused on acoustic rhythm guitar in Rhythm Approaches, also a Play Acoustic Guitar 4 core course.

The educators demonstrate all of the key examples over jam tracks (where and when applicable) to simulate a real-world application, in a musical context. Key examples are also tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. Take as much time as you need to work through each video guitar lesson before moving on to the next lesson. If you want to dig deeper or wider into any of the topics covered in this core course, check out the rest of the courses in the Acoustic Learning Path where you'll find more examples, techniques and insight from top TrueFire educators. Grab your guitar and let's get started!

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Play Acoustic Guitar 4: Rhythm Principles - Introduction

01: Play Acoustic Guitar 4: Rhythm Principles - Introduction

Welcome to Play Acoustic Guitar 4: Rhythm Principles for intermediate to late Intermediate students of Acoustic guitar. This Acoustic Learning Path core course is presented by 3 top TrueFire educators: Laurence Juber, Massimo Varini, and Brad Carlton. The Rhythm Principles curriculum is comprised of select Acoustic guitar lessons from the educators existing TrueFire course libraries.

2 min
Rhythm Techniques - SECTION 1: Overview

02: Rhythm Techniques - SECTION 1: Overview

Massimo Varini kicks things off in the first section with right-hand strumming techniques for quarter-note, eighth-note, triplet, sixteenth-note and shuffle rhythms. Massimo dives even deeper into rhythm applications for emphasizing bass notes, dividing up and down strokes, modifying patterns, changing chords seamlessly and working with 12/8 rhythms.

1 min
Pick Selection - Sonic Quality: 1

03: Pick Selection - Sonic Quality: 1

Pick Selection - Sonic Quality: 1 is a video guitar lesson presented by Massimo Varini and is sourced from Pop Guitar Survival Guide. Sometimes we do not think that the significant changes in sound may come from things that are inexpensive. One of these things is the pick. In the video let's listen together to some different sounds, using picks of different thicknesses and different material.

4 min
Pick Positioning - Sonic Quality: 2

04: Pick Positioning - Sonic Quality: 2

Pick Positioning - Sonic Quality: 2 is a video guitar lesson presented by Massimo Varini and is sourced from Pop Guitar Survival Guide. Let's examine together how to find other sounds but without changing the pick. We will see how to use the elasticity of the material holding the pick more or less firmly between the fingers, more or less protruding from thumb and forefinger.

3 min
Right-Hand Strumming Technique - Rhythm Fundamentals: 1

05: Right-Hand Strumming Technique - Rhythm Fundamentals: 1

Right-Hand Strumming Technique - Rhythm Fundamentals: 1 is a video guitar lesson presented by Massimo Varini and is sourced from Pop Guitar Survival Guide. Before entering into the exercise part of this section, it's very important to start with a good setup. So let's start with a medium pick (like a 0.6 mm). Pay attention to the pick's position and be very quick crossing the strings: pay attention to avoid the brush effect!

1 min
Quarter Note Rhythms - Rhythm Fundamentals: 2

06: Quarter Note Rhythms - Rhythm Fundamentals: 2

Quarter Note Rhythms - Rhythm Fundamentals: 2 is a video guitar lesson presented by Massimo Varini and is sourced from Pop Guitar Survival Guide. We will start with muted strings. Don't mind where you put the hand on the fingerboard - just mute the strings and concentrate on the quarter notes! Start with the quarter notes, downstroke, then upstroke. Let's play along on the backing track that I've prepared for you!

3 min
Eighth Note Rhythms - Rhythm Fundamentals: 3

07: Eighth Note Rhythms - Rhythm Fundamentals: 3

Eighth Note Rhythms - Rhythm Fundamentals: 3 is a video guitar lesson presented by Massimo Varini and is sourced from Pop Guitar Survival Guide. It's time to move on eighth note rhythms. We need two movements for each quarter note, one downstroke and one upstroke.

3 min
Triplet Rhythms - Rhythm Fundamentals: 4

08: Triplet Rhythms - Rhythm Fundamentals: 4

Triplet Rhythms - Rhythm Fundamentals: 4 is a video guitar lesson presented by Massimo Varini and is sourced from Pop Guitar Survival Guide. Playing in triplets changes the pick direction every fourth beat. On the first beat we'll start with a downstroke, on the second beat we'll start with an upstroke. It's very important to pay attention to have the same weight on both directions: down and up.

5 min
Sixteenth Note Rhythms - Rhythm Fundamentals: 5

09: Sixteenth Note Rhythms - Rhythm Fundamentals: 5

Sixteenth Note Rhythms - Rhythm Fundamentals: 5 is a video guitar lesson presented by Massimo Varini and is sourced from Pop Guitar Survival Guide. Let's do a little review about quarter notes and eighth note rhythms. Then move to the sixteenths! Important - you have to be honest with yourself! Can you play the fourths, eighths, triplets and sixteenths at the same volume with any bpm?

5 min
Shuffle Rhythms - Rhythm Fundamentals: 6

10: Shuffle Rhythms - Rhythm Fundamentals: 6

Shuffle Rhythms - Rhythm Fundamentals: 6 is a video guitar lesson presented by Massimo Varini and is sourced from Pop Guitar Survival Guide. In the pop music history there are many songs based on a shuffle rhythm. Often pop music is a mix of genres put together. Please make sure that the shuffle is a binary movement, so we can play in eighths on a shuffle feel.

5 min
Rhythm Workout - Rhythm Fundamentals: 7

11: Rhythm Workout - Rhythm Fundamentals: 7

Rhythm Workout - Rhythm Fundamentals: 7 is a video guitar lesson presented by Massimo Varini and is sourced from Pop Guitar Survival Guide. Until now we've used only muted strings. Now it's time to start playing and strumming some chords, but while still working on the right hand. Please keep in mind - use the same intensity of playing in the downstroke and the upstroke, fluidly, quickly pick through the strings.

4 min
Emphasizing Bass Notes - Rhythm Applications: 1

12: Emphasizing Bass Notes - Rhythm Applications: 1

Emphasizing Bass Notes - Rhythm Applications: 1 is a video guitar lesson presented by Massimo Varini and is sourced from Pop Guitar Survival Guide. We start our rhythmic journey playing on the lower strings. We need to think as if we were to recreate a bass drum and snare drum playing, where our bass strings are a bass drum and strum all of the strings was the snare drum.

4 min
Think in 16ths!  - Rhythm Applications: 2

13: Think in 16ths! - Rhythm Applications: 2

Think in 16ths! - Rhythm Applications: 2 is a video guitar lesson presented by Massimo Varini and is sourced from Pop Guitar Survival Guide. In the lesson we just did together, I played a pattern based on eighth notes and quarter notes but I played the two eighth notes both picking down! Why? The lesson Fundamental Rhythm 3, where we played eighth notes, we were picking with alternate downstrokes and upstrokes.

3 min
Dividing Down and Up Strokes - Rhythm Applications: 3

14: Dividing Down and Up Strokes - Rhythm Applications: 3

Dividing Down and Up Strokes - Rhythm Applications: 3 is a video guitar lesson presented by Massimo Varini and is sourced from Pop Guitar Survival Guide. Once you're able to think in sixteenths it is important to begin to change the sound of our rhythm. We will be able to play the downstroke more on the bass and strum the upstroke more on the higher strings.

5 min
Modifying Patterns - Rhythm Applications: 4

15: Modifying Patterns - Rhythm Applications: 4

Modifying Patterns - Rhythm Applications: 4 is a video guitar lesson presented by Massimo Varini and is sourced from Pop Guitar Survival Guide. One of the fundamental aspects of pop music is its simplicity. And often each part is, or may seem, simple to perform.

5 min
12/8 Rhythms - Rhythm Applications: 5

16: 12/8 Rhythms - Rhythm Applications: 5

12/8 Rhythms - Rhythm Applications: 5 is a video guitar lesson presented by Massimo Varini and is sourced from Pop Guitar Survival Guide. Just as we learned to play thinking in sixteenths in straight rhythm, it is important to be able to think and play in sixteenths also on 12/8.

5 min
Changing Chords - Rhythm Applications: 6

17: Changing Chords - Rhythm Applications: 6

Changing Chords - Rhythm Applications: 6 is a video guitar lesson presented by Massimo Varini and is sourced from Pop Guitar Survival Guide. One problem of the guitar player is moving from one chord to another without any silence in between - we need to discover some tricks! Sometimes the problem is not only for the left hand (or the right if you're lefty), sometimes happens that a hard change of the fingering made a stop in the right hand's movement!

3 min
Pop Rhythm Patterns - Rhythm Applications: 7

18: Pop Rhythm Patterns - Rhythm Applications: 7

Pop Rhythm Patterns - Rhythm Applications: 7 is a video guitar lesson presented by Massimo Varini and is sourced from Pop Guitar Survival Guide. In this lesson I want to show a few different possibilities of rhythm patterns.

7 min
Rhythm Concepts - SECTION 2: Overview

19: Rhythm Concepts - SECTION 2: Overview

In this section, Laurence Juber presents the 16 key concepts and techniques that comprise his rhythm method. Laurence will guide you through a series of lessons and demonstrations that cover rhythm figures and patterns, harmony, chord selection, chord voicings, inversions, right and left hand techniques, muting, choking, various kinds of articulation and then most importantly, how to pull it all together so your groove sits in a solid pocket with the band.

1 min
Intro To Rhythm Guitar - Concept 1

20: Intro To Rhythm Guitar - Concept 1

Intro To Rhythm Guitar - Concept 1 is a video guitar lesson presented by Laurence Juber and is sourced from Guitaristics: Rhythm. An overview showing basic strums and chord voicings.

4 min
Quarter Notes - Concept 2

21: Quarter Notes - Concept 2

Quarter Notes - Concept 2 is a video guitar lesson presented by Laurence Juber and is sourced from Guitaristics: Rhythm. This concept covers the principals of playing evenly articulated quarter notes with up and down pick strokes. It stresses the importance of picking position, matching tone to style and allowing the acoustic guitar to 'speak' by not muting the body resonance.

5 min
Eighth Notes - Concept 3

22: Eighth Notes - Concept 3

Eighth Notes - Concept 3 is a video guitar lesson presented by Laurence Juber and is sourced from Guitaristics: Rhythm. Here, I divide each beat in two, with quarter notes becoming eighths. On acoustic we deal with typical open strums. On electric, the characteristics of palm muting and how it applies to eighth notes.

10 min
Broken 8ths - Concept 4

23: Broken 8ths - Concept 4

Broken 8ths - Concept 4 is a video guitar lesson presented by Laurence Juber and is sourced from Guitaristics: Rhythm. This concept presents broken eight notes with rests in between certain beats. It introduces pushes, where a strum anticipates a downbeat . It also reinforces the idea of shaping the sonority and texture. It serves as an introduction to right hand choking and left hand muting which will be more fully explored in concept 9.

12 min
16th Notes - Concept 5

24: 16th Notes - Concept 5

16th Notes - Concept 5 is a video guitar lesson presented by Laurence Juber and is sourced from Guitaristics: Rhythm. A further division of the beat, moving from quarters to eighths and now sixteenths where each beat is divided in four. This segment also stresses the importance of keeping the strums even and adds the concept of pushing on the last 16th of a bar.

8 min
Broken 16ths - Concept 6

25: Broken 16ths - Concept 6

Broken 16ths - Concept 6 is a video guitar lesson presented by Laurence Juber and is sourced from Guitaristics: Rhythm. Exploring the various permutations of breaking up the 16th groupings with rests and chokes, while keeping the gas on the strumming 'engine.' Technically, it covers strumming from the elbow and the wrist. On electric, it shows how the same principals apply to a funk groove.

7 min
Mixed 8ths and 16ths - Concept 7

26: Mixed 8ths and 16ths - Concept 7

Mixed 8ths and 16ths - Concept 7 is a video guitar lesson presented by Laurence Juber and is sourced from Guitaristics: Rhythm. In the real world, rhythm patterns will typically combine eighths and sixteens. Here we look at various combinations of the two.

5 min
Swinging Threesomes - Concept 8

27: Swinging Threesomes - Concept 8

Swinging Threesomes - Concept 8 is a video guitar lesson presented by Laurence Juber and is sourced from Guitaristics: Rhythm. Stepping away from 4/4 time, this concept covers 3/4 waltz time with a swinging feel and offers some examples of 'walkup'-type turnarounds. It also covers triplets and 6/8 as well as odd grouping like 5/4 and 7/4.

8 min
Chokes & Mutes - Concept 9

28: Chokes & Mutes - Concept 9

Chokes & Mutes - Concept 9 is a video guitar lesson presented by Laurence Juber and is sourced from Guitaristics: Rhythm. The classical terms staccato and tenuto refer to short and held chords and notes. This concept presents the techniques of right hand palm mutes and left hand chokes, combining the two to create a balanced groove.

6 min
Accents - Concept 10

29: Accents - Concept 10

Accents - Concept 10 is a video guitar lesson presented by Laurence Juber and is sourced from Guitaristics: Rhythm. Up to this point the emphasis has been on keeping an even flow to the groove. Here we learn how to add strong accents using rakes, stabs and other devices.

5 min
The Rhythm Method - Concept 11

30: The Rhythm Method - Concept 11

The Rhythm Method - Concept 11 is a video guitar lesson presented by Laurence Juber and is sourced from Guitaristics: Rhythm. This is where we put it all together and the segment adds the concept of changing the angle of the pick to control dynamics, volume and intensity. It also encourages how awareness of the song structure can build a more musical performance.

8 min
To Push Or Not To Push - Overview

31: To Push Or Not To Push - Overview

To Push Or Not To Push - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Laurence Juber and is sourced from Guitaristics: Rhythm. This is a composition that combines straight 8ths, pushes, added notes in top line, chord inversions and bass-line motion. It encourages Identification of the structure of the tune to differentiate the sections.

1 min
To Push Or Not To Push - Performance

32: To Push Or Not To Push - Performance

To Push Or Not To Push - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Laurence Juber and is sourced from Guitaristics: Rhythm. Applying the concepts of straight 8ths, pushes, added notes in top line, chord inversions and bass-line motion. Pay attention to the structure of the tune and the slight differences in feel between the verse, chorus and bridge.

3 min
To Push Or Not To Push - Breakdown

33: To Push Or Not To Push - Breakdown

To Push Or Not To Push - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Laurence Juber and is sourced from Guitaristics: Rhythm. Breaking down the concepts behind the rhythm groove of this composition.

9 min
Rock Ballad 16ths - Overview

34: Rock Ballad 16ths - Overview

Rock Ballad 16ths - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Laurence Juber and is sourced from Guitaristics: Rhythm. A minor key rock ballad. The rhythm transitions progressively from whole notes to 16th notes as it builds drive into a slow tempo tune.

0 min
Rock Ballad 16ths - Performance

35: Rock Ballad 16ths - Performance

Rock Ballad 16ths - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Laurence Juber and is sourced from Guitaristics: Rhythm. Exploring the gradual transition from sustained whole notes to driving 16th notes in support of a slow rock ballad.

2 min
Rock Ballad 16ths - Breakdown

36: Rock Ballad 16ths - Breakdown

Rock Ballad 16ths - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Laurence Juber and is sourced from Guitaristics: Rhythm. Breaking down the rhythmic progression of whole notes to 16th notes.

4 min
Open String Chords - SECTION 3: Overview

37: Open String Chords - SECTION 3: Overview

There's something magical about open string voicings and you simply can't have too many of them in your chord vocabulary. They're challenging to construct because the open strings have to be harmonized by key and chord type. Brad Carlton presents 6 open string studies in this third and final section.

1 min
Two Top - Overview

38: Two Top - Overview

Two Top - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Brad Carlton and is sourced from Chord Studies: Open String Chords Vol. 1. In this first Open String Study, you'll learn 4 chords that utilize open strings to enhance their sonority; E major, A add9, C# m7 and B add4.

2 min
Two Top - Playalong

39: Two Top - Playalong

Two Top - Playalong is a video guitar lesson presented by Brad Carlton and is sourced from Chord Studies: Open String Chords Vol. 1. In this first Open String Study, you'll learn 4 chords that utilize open strings to enhance their sonority; E major, A add9, C# m7 and B add4.

3 min
Rocket Pop - Overview

40: Rocket Pop - Overview

Rocket Pop - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Brad Carlton and is sourced from Chord Studies: Open String Chords Vol. 1. These 3 open string voicings; A madd9, G6 and F maj7, used in the following progression, nicely spice up one of the most popular progressions in rock and pop.

2 min
Rocket Pop - Playalong

41: Rocket Pop - Playalong

Rocket Pop - Playalong is a video guitar lesson presented by Brad Carlton and is sourced from Chord Studies: Open String Chords Vol. 1. These 3 open string voicings; A madd9, G6 and F maj7, used in the following progression, nicely spice up one of the most popular progressions in rock and pop.

3 min
Two Five - Overview

42: Two Five - Overview

Two Five - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Brad Carlton and is sourced from Chord Studies: Open String Chords Vol. 1. Open voicings for A m7, D add4add9 and D add4 can be used over pretty much any ii V progression in the key of G. Your first and second fingers will serve as guide fingers. Be careful not to accidentally mute any of the indicate open strings!

2 min
Two Five - Playalong

43: Two Five - Playalong

Two Five - Playalong is a video guitar lesson presented by Brad Carlton and is sourced from Chord Studies: Open String Chords Vol. 1. Open voicings for A m7, D add4add9 and D add4 can be used over pretty much any ii V progression in the key of G. Your first and second fingers will serve as guide fingers. Be careful not to accidentally mute any of the indicate open strings!

3 min
If 6 Were 9 - Overview

44: If 6 Were 9 - Overview

If 6 Were 9 - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Brad Carlton and is sourced from Chord Studies: Open String Chords Vol. 1. This sweet little progression is played with 4 open voicings; B madd4, F# m11, G 6/6 and D sus2. Again you're faced with some challenging muting but the payoff is well worth the effort.

2 min
If 6 Were 9 - Playalong

45: If 6 Were 9 - Playalong

If 6 Were 9 - Playalong is a video guitar lesson presented by Brad Carlton and is sourced from Chord Studies: Open String Chords Vol. 1. This sweet little progression is played with 4 open voicings; B madd4, F# m11, G 6/6 and D sus2. Again you're faced with some challenging muting but the payoff is well worth the effort.

3 min
Mute Master - Overview

46: Mute Master - Overview

Mute Master - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Brad Carlton and is sourced from Chord Studies: Open String Chords Vol. 1. You'll find these open voicings a bit more challenging as you must make sure you mute the indicated muted strings, while leaving the indicated open strings open.

1 min
Mute Master - Playalong

47: Mute Master - Playalong

Mute Master - Playalong is a video guitar lesson presented by Brad Carlton and is sourced from Chord Studies: Open String Chords Vol. 1. You'll find these open voicings a bit more challenging as you must make sure you mute the indicated muted strings, while leaving the indicated open strings open.

3 min
Another E7 Please! - Overview

48: Another E7 Please! - Overview

Another E7 Please! - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Brad Carlton and is sourced from Chord Studies: Open String Chords Vol. 1. You can't have too many ways to play an E7 because it's likely one of the most common chords that a guitarist will encounter.

1 min
Another E7 Please! - Playalong

49: Another E7 Please! - Playalong

Another E7 Please! - Playalong is a video guitar lesson presented by Brad Carlton and is sourced from Chord Studies: Open String Chords Vol. 1. You can't have too many ways to play an E7 because it's likely one of the most common chords that a guitarist will encounter.

4 min
Play Acoustic Guitar 4: Rhythm Principles - Conclusion

50: Play Acoustic Guitar 4: Rhythm Principles - Conclusion

Congratulations on completing this core course in your learning path! If you want to dig deeper or wider into the topics covered in this course, check out the recommended supplementary courses where you'll find more examples, techniques and insight from top TrueFire educators.

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