Essential Rhythm Guitar Lessons

Video Lectures

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Lecture 1
How To Play Rhythm Guitar
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How To Play Rhythm Guitar
This is the first video in the Rhythm Guitar Quick-Start Series. Knowing how to play rhythm guitar is a really important skill to have. It's a must for guitarists that are interested in learning to play their favorite songs, jam with their friends, or play life music.
Lecture 2
How To Play Power Chords
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How To Play Power Chords
Welcome to the second video in the Rhythm Guitar Quick-Start Series. This lesson covers three basic power chord shapes that you need to know as a rhythm guitarist. Once you have these shapes down, you'll be able to use them in almost any style of music, including jazz, rock, reggae, country, and more.
Lecture 3
How To Use Power Chords
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How To Use Power Chords
This is video three of the Rhythm Guitar Quick-Start Series. In this lesson you will learn how to move the power chord shapes from the last lesson all around the fretboard to play any power chord you want. This way, if a band mate, friend you're playing with, or even sheet music calls for you to play a specific power chord - you'll be able to move right to that chord.

In order to do this effectively you'll need to learn the note names on the sixth and fifth guitar strings. It may take some time to accomplish this, but that's ok. By working on your power chords through this lesson, and the rest of the series, you'll start to memorize them over time.
Lecture 4
How To Play Bar Chords
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How To Play Bar Chords
Welcome to the fourth video of the Rhythm Guitar Quick-Start Series. This lesson covers everything you need to know in order to get started with bar chords. This is often one of the more intimidating aspects of playing the guitar, but it doesn't have to be. I'll show you how to develop the finger strength you need and how to make the rest of the bar chord shape sound great too.

In the next two lessons you'll learn major bar chord shapes as well as minor bar chord shapes.
Lecture 5
Major Bar Chord Shapes
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Major Bar Chord Shapes
This is the fifth video from the Rhythm Guitar Quick-Start Series. This lesson builds on what was covered in the last video by introducing a second major bar chord shape. This one uses a fifth string root note.

With this second shape mastered - you'll be able to use both major bar chord shapes to play chords with root notes on both the sixth and fifth strings. In many ways this is similar to how you can use power chords with root notes on both strings.

In the next lesson you'll learn minor bar chord shapes.
Lecture 6
Minor Bar Chord Shapes
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Minor Bar Chord Shapes
Welcome to video six of the Rhythm Guitar Quick-Start Series. This lesson covers two essential minor bar chord shapes. These are really important to learn because the next lesson uses major and minor bar chord shapes to play through some of the most popular chord progressions.

These minor bar chord shapes should be relatively easy to learn, because they are based on the major bar chord shapes that were covered in the last lesson. The only difference is you have to change one note in each shape.

Ready to apply these minor bar chord shapes to some chord progressions?
Lecture 7
Common Chord Progressions
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Common Chord Progressions
This is video seven from the Rhythm Guitar Quick-Start Series. In this lesson you will learn some of the most popular chord progressions that you need to know as a rhythm guitarist. These progressions will apply everything that has been covered in the rhythm guitar series up to this point, so it's important that you've worked through all of the previous lessons before jumping into this.

You'll learn three progressions played in the key of G, but the real magic is that these progressions are movable. So, just as with power chords and bar chords, you can shift these entire progressions around the fretboard.
Lecture 8
How To Play Open Chords
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How To Play Open Chords
Welcome to the eighth video in the Rhythm Guitar Quick-Start Series. So far this series has covered power chords, bar chords, and how to move them around the fretboard in chord progressions. However, no rhythm guitar series would be complete without covering the most popular open chords.

These open chords go by the same name as some bar chords, but they can sound quite different. As the video shows, the G bar chord and the open G chord both have distinctly different sounds. With that in mind, it's important to learn how to play both. The open chords you will be learning are: G major, C major, D major, E major, E minor, A major, and A minor. Plus you'll be reviewing B and F bar chords as they are often used along side open chords.
Lecture 9
Essential Strumming Patterns
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Essential Strumming Patterns
This is the ninth video in the Rhythm Guitar Quick-Start Series. In this lesson you are going to learn some of the most essential strumming patterns that you need to know as a rhythm guitarist. These strumming patterns are the building blocks that you will use to play a lot of different patterns in the future.

Some of these patterns will likely seem simple to you, but it's important to be able to do simple things well. With that in mind, it's recommended that you take your time as you work through each of them. In the next lesson you'll learn how to develop your sense of timing and feel.
Lecture 10
Developing Timing And Feel
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Developing Timing And Feel
Welcome to video ten in the Rhythm Guitar Quick-Start Series. This lesson focuses on developing timing and feel. This is a critical area of development for guitarists. If you have good timing, people will enjoy listening to you and musicians will enjoy playing with you.

This lesson covers a powerful exercise for developing your timing and feel. It uses note subdivisions including quarter notes, eighth notes, eighth note triplets, and sixteenth notes. You can practice along with the included jam track or with a metronome if you prefer.
Lecture 11
Dynamic Strumming Tips
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Dynamic Strumming Tips
This is video eleven in the Rhythm Guitar Quick-Start Series. This lesson covers some dynamic tips to help you dress up your strumming patterns. Playing the basic strumming patterns from lesson nine is great, but these tips will take things to a whole new level.

You'll learn how to use single bass notes as well as muted strums to enhance any strumming patterns you already play. Just make sure you continue to focus on your timing and feel as you incorporate these ideas into your strumming.
Lecture 12
Next Steps For Rhythm Guitar
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Next Steps For Rhythm Guitar
Congratulations! You've made it to the end of the Rhythm Guitar Quick-Start Series. In this twelfth and final video you'll get some advice about where to go from here. You may want to take a second or third pass through the lessons or, if you are ready to move on to something new, visit the GuitarLessons.com website to find a new series.

Thank you for taking the time to go through this series. Please consider sharing it with a friend or family member that is interested in playing rhythm guitar.