Rhythm Exercise

by Trond Vold

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  • Hi all :) Here's a little rhythm exercise for you all.

    It starts out with a simple variation of a few different chords. The same chords are used for the 2nd part of the song, but the trick here is to get rhythm and timing right as there is an odd time-signature feel going on, but it is 4/4.

    Chords used for the first 2 parts:

    B5/F# Bsus4/E E5 C5/G Bsus4#5/E
    |-----| |-----| |-----| |-----| |-----|
    |-----| |-----| |-----| |-----| |-----|
    |-----| |-----| |-----| |-----| |-----|
    |--4--| |--4--| |--2--| |--5--| |--5--|
    |--2--| |--2--| |--2--| |--3--| |--2--|
    |--2--| |--0--| |--0--| |--3--| |--0--|

    It gets a bit more difficult for the 3rd and 4th sections where the patterns change to 16th notes with mostly downstrokes.

    If you are still new to the guitar, then be careful about practicing this technique at high speeds.
    It's easy to at first use the wrong muscles and get a sore arm if your using your whole arm to pick with. Start the slowest you can.

    Maintaining the rhythm can be a bit tricky for the last part as again the song sounds like it's straying away from 4/4, but it's still 4/4 with 16 notes played per bar.

    Hopefully this lesson will help with improving both timing and rhythm-playing precision :)

    The tempo is 110 BPM
    Tuning: E standard
    I have included 4 backingtracks and a guitarpro file.

    -- Trond
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