beginner

It’s all in the details.

Beginner

Beginner

  • Understand the inherent challenges in rhythm guitar playing.
  • Develop new strumming patterns.
  • Cultivate practice strategies to keep yourself motivated.
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Last updated on May 12, 2022

Rhythm guitar is arguably the most important aspect of guitar playing, and it’s also one of the most challenging skills to develop. The discouragement many players feel when working on rhythms forces too many of them to oversimplify the nuances, and this can reduce a performance from exceptional to fine. In this lesson, we’ll investigate why rhythm guitar can be so puzzling and look at a few ways to keep yourself motivated enough to persevere and improve.

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Change the order of the notes in your chords and change up your sound.

Beginner

Beginner

• Learn how to define a chord inversion.

• Apply inversions to your favorite chord patterns. • Add more interest to your progressions.

• Add more interest to your progressions.

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It's easy to fall into the trap of playing chords in the same, predictable way. But if we realize that a chord is just a collection of notes, we can easily and musically change how we stack those notes for new sounds. We call these chord "inversions," because we are… wait for it… inverting the notes in the chord.

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Theory isn't always the answer, and it doesn't help in the ways that you imagine it would.

Beginner

Intermediate

  • Develop a larger chord vocabulary
  • Learn how to voice lead through a IIm7–V7–I progression.
  • Understand how to alter dominant chords.
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We're going to look at a simple jazz progression and talk about the struggle to make sense of some of these moves in the context of music theory. I want you to leave this lesson with new ways to think about chord progressions, and perhaps a different way to think about music theory.

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