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                                                         Tips For Rhythm Guitarists
                                                                  By Anze Sustar



  All types of music begin with some kind of a rhythm. Rhythm is the foundation on which the whole
song is built – and rhythm gives the support to every other member of the band to help them play the
song in a way it was meant to be played. So, being a rhythm guitarist is an important job – a rhythm
guitarist practically makes the difference between a band that sounds in-tune and a band that just can
not get a clean sound.

 There are a few tips you – as a guitar player – should pay attention to. Always remember that the
rhythm you are playing is the base of the song – play it right and everything will come out fine. So, let’s
see what you can do to improve your guitar skills as a rhythm player.

 1. Get yourself a metronome. Yes, this is the definite number one on our list. Get yourself a
metronome and practice with it as much as you can. You don’t need to set it on some insanely high
frequencies, as the matter of fact you really shouldn’t do that. You set it to an appropriate value of
beats per minute, depending on the type of music your band is playing.

 Once you get familiar with it, listen to original versions of the songs you like, find guitar chords for
them somewhere on the internet, set the metronome accordingly and just play along. This is the part
when you need to become a master – keeping a steady beat, not losing the rhythm and sounding clean
on the way.

 2. Play a lot of songs with different types of rhythms and really try to understand each of them. Every
song has its own rhythm and you really should get it exactly right. You would be surprised if you knew
how many guitar players tend to play every song too fast! Once they feel that they have no problems
with playing it, they just subconsciously speed the song up. And that is BAD. The song was meant to
be played in a specific way and you really should not speed it up, most likely you will just ruin it.
Remember: Playing slower does not mean that you are a lesser guitarist – it means that you know
what the song is trying to say!

 3. Learn a few tricks to impress the audience. My personal favourite has always been the following:
Your band is playing through the verse and is approaching the chorus, which starts with a very specific
riff. Once you get to the end of the verse, don’t advance to the chorus right away. Just stop playing for
a little while. Every member of the band must stop at exactly the same time, so there is a perfect
silence. You can feel the energy of the crowd build up as they wait for that great riff – and they are not

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getting it. Just have them wait for it. And then, after some exact number of beats of the silence, start
with the chorus. The crowd will go out of their minds.

 4. Well, the final one is pretty expected: practice, practice, practice. Unfortunately, this is and has
always been the only road to perfection.

I wish you a great time playing the guitar and a lot of success with your band!

Anze Sustar is a guitar enthusiast and has been playing a rhythm guitar for almost 10 years. For his
guitar needs he uses http://YourChords.com website that has over 150000 guitar chords and tabs.
Check it out at http://www.yourchords.com .




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                          The Difference Between A Lead Guitar And A Rhythm Guitar
                                                           By Gray Rollins



 Lead guitar and Rhythm guitar. You’ve heard about both, but aren’t quite sure of the difference
between the two. That’s understandable, as most beginners (myself included when I was at that stage)
are confused by all of the different terms used to describe guitar related things. In this lesson, we’ll go
over both the Lead and Rhythm guitar.

The Lead guitar

To put it simply, the Lead guitarist in a band is the one who plays melodies, single notes (and not as
many chords), riffs and solos.

Lead guitarists are responsible for providing the most noticeable guitar sound of the song. As a result,
lead guitarists must master several more techniques than rhythm guitarists must. These techniques
include the basics such as hammer-ons, pull-offs, bends and slides, plus more advanced techniques
like arpeggios and trills.

Lead guitarists are, essentially, in the spotlight. They have to be very skilled, as if they mess up, it’ll be
pretty noticeable to those listening. They also must be able to improvise—they must be able to come
up with catchy riffs, solid solos and good melodies. It takes a lot of practice and knowledge to become
a skilled Lead guitarist.

The Rhythm guitar

You’re probably thinking by now that the Rhythm guitar is much easier to play than the Lead guitar is.
That isn’t an accurate statement, though. Rhythm guitarists, too, must master several things that Lead
guitarists really don’t have to.

Rhythm guitarists are responsible for the timing (rhythm) of the music. They must play the chords that
hold the music together. Without a good Rhythm guitarist, the music as a whole suffers no matter how
good the Lead guitarist is.

Rhythm guitarists must master the ability to switch quickly and efficiently between chords. They must
also be able to strum well and must master the basic hammer-on, pull-off, slide, and bend techniques.
Rhythm guitarists must also make sure that what they are playing is in sync with what the drummer
and bassist are playing

While Rhythm guitarists play an integral role in the music, they are often overlooked. This is because
the Lead guitarist’s playing (which is usually amped louder so that it can be heard over the drums and
Rhythm guitar) often overshadows what the Rhythm guitarist does.

Which should I learn to play?

The most skilled guitarists, in my opinion, are those who have the ability to play both Lead and Rhythm
guitar. For that reason, it is worth mastering both styles of guitar. That is to say, it is a terrific idea to
master not just the techniques associated with Lead guitar(all the basics plus trills, arpeggios and other


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advanced techniques) but also those associated with Rhythm guitar(the basics plus quick chord
switching, good strumming and good timing). Those guitarists who have mastered both techniques are
highly skilled musicians.

Gray Rollins is a featured writer for Guitars Land.  If you're interested in learning more about
guitars, visit http://www.guitarsland.com/leadguitar/ and http://www.guitarsland.com/electric/




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