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3 Things You Abosuletly Must Do To PLay Good Rhythm On Electric Guitar 

  

 
 While the spotlight is often on the lead guitarist the ability to
 play good rhythm guitar is an essential skill every guitarist
 should develop.

 Even the most well known lead guitarists spend approximately 75%
 of their performance time playing rhythm guitar behind the
 vocalist or other instrumentalists.

 Electric guitarists encounter a number of technical problems very
 different from their acoustic guitar playing counterparts. The
 main difficulty is finding a way for the guitarist to be able to
 project their own musical personality through all the electronic
 equipment.

 When you listen to most modern electric guitarists you are often
 more aware of the equipment than the player, it's hard to tell
 one player from the next.


 Here's 3 tips to help you project yourself through your
 equipment and develop your own individual musical fingerprint.


 Tip 1 -- volume down

 A great idea for playing electric rhythm is to set your guitar
 volume control to the desired level for your particular
 application e.g., live venue, band practice, recording session
 etc., then turn the volume control on the guitar down by two or
 three numbers.

 For example, let's say you found the best setting for your band
 practice was guitar level set at nine, try turning the volume
 control down to seven and playing the guitar harder.

 By playing with more energy (gut energy), you will find that you
 playing will be much more dynamic and exciting.

 Often with the volume set too high the guitarist plays timidly,
 afraid to strike the strings too hard in case overall volume from
 the amp is too overbearing.

 When you set the volume control a little softer you have to work
 harder much the same way as an acoustic guitar player has to.

 Think how an acoustic player would need to play if they were
 playing outside, they would need to strike the stings in a way
 that would project the notes through the guitar to their
 audience, this is what we want to achieve with the electric
 guitar.


 Tip 2 -- dynamics

 Develop your dynamic range by (a) using a medium to heavy gauge
 guitar pick and (b) practice playing from your softest to loudest
 and back to soft again.

 The dynamic range is created by holding the pick lightly for your
 soft notes and gripping your pick firmly for the loud notes.

 A great exercise is to tremolo pick while counting as follows, you should reach your loudest dynamic at the number 8:


 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  7  6  5  4  3  2  1

 softest -->        loudest        --> softest


 The difficult part is as you bring the dynamic back down to soft
 after playing loud, this is where you need the most control.


 Tip 3 -- ground beat

 Always make sure you tap your foot, this will make you aware of
 your groove. You can do amazing things rhythmically if you tap
 your foot.

 This is one of the most basic, yet often overlooked aspects of
 guitar playing.

 By developing and extending your musical dynamic range, playing
 with more rhythmic vitality and concentrating on your groove you
 will connect with your audience, your band will sound tighter and
 most of all you will have more fun playing.


 

   

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