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May 2014

Rhythm Rules

Give your rhythm chops a tune up by breaking down the basic elements of everything from pop and rock grooves to dirty funk guitar.

ARTICLES

Rhythm Rules: Chops, Speed, and Rhythm

March 8, 2014
Exorcise all your technique demons with a few simple exercises.
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Rhythm Rules: Brazilian Guitar 101

December 21, 2013
Blend syncopated rhythms with jazzy chords and delve into the world of Brazilian guitar.
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Rhythm Rules: Polyrhythms 101

November 23, 2013
Sound like two guitarists playing at once with a few simple—but very effective—exercises.
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Rhythm Rules: Syncopated 16th-Note Rhythms

August 17, 2013

Stay in the pocket! Learn how 16th-note rhythms work in funk, rock, and acoustic music.


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Rhythm Rules: 6 Essential Exercises to Improve Your Groove

July 20, 2013
Unlock some of the secrets of the metronome with these essential polyrhythmic exercises.
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Rhythm Rules: 5 Ways to Make Your Chords Cooler

June 22, 2013
Singer/songwriter Keaton Simons shows you five easy ways to breathe new life into your chord progressions.
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Rhythm Rules: Atypical Funk

May 22, 2013
Move past the typical "James Brown" chord shapes by incorporating stacked fourths, 7#9, and 7sus4 shapes to breath new life into your rhythm playing.
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Rhythm Rules: Call-and-Response Funk Guitar

March 12, 2013
Create funky grooves in the style of James Brown, Fela Kuti, and Nile Rogers by developing a "call-and-response" approach to funk guitar.
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Rhythm Rules: 16th-Note Accents

January 16, 2013
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Beginner Lesson Overview: • Develop a strong command of 16th-note rhythms. • Create syncopated rhythms using muted strums. • Learn how to move accents around within
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