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