View Full Version : Rhythm exercises?

11-18-2003, 04:33 AM
Practising the other day, I noticed something: I only practise playing lead. I've always taken rhythm playing for granted, and have never really thought of it much, except for when I'm learning the odd song on the acoustic.

So, how would you fit rhythm playing in your routine? Anyone any have good ideas to share?

11-18-2003, 05:00 AM
Just do it. Play the whole song, instead of just leads, and instead of 'noodling' or playing scales so much when you go to practice, try to write a song instead. 90+ % of guitar is probably rhythm, so you should definitly spend time working on it.

Other suggestions would be learn a chord every other night, or something like that, and then at the end of the week try to make a song or progression that uses all the ones you learned. I'm doing this now, and having alot of fun, especially because I'm such a big prog-rock fan.

11-18-2003, 07:16 AM
Playing rhythm really well for 3 minutes in a song is much harder than playing a solo for 30 seconds! Lots of people can noodle, but hardly anyone can play rhythm very well.

If you're a rocker, try learning old Van Halen, White Lion, and Extreme tunes. Those 3 guys are some of the best rock rhythm players around, IMO.

Zakk Wylde is another guy that's a great rhythm guitar player for more heavy "chunka-chunka" stuff. If you like really heavy music, learn old Metallica. James Hetfield was probably the best metal rhythm guy on the planet from 1983-1993.

If you like bluesier <spelling?> stuff learn some Stevie Ray Vaughan. He's the master!

Do you notice a trend here? Van Halen, Vito Brata, Nuno, Zakk, and SRV are all incredibly great rhythm guitarists. Oh yeah, they can pull off the solos okay too! ;) :D

To fit it into your routine, find a song that has an intricate rhythm part (nearly anything on Extreme's Pornografiti) and spend 15-20 minutes per day working on it. Once you nail it, move on to another tune!

11-18-2003, 08:08 AM
This is very common and actually pretty sad.
Most guitar players practice lead playing 99% of their practice time and rhythm 1%. On stage it is the other way around.
I don't do any specific rhythm exercises.
Playing rhythm over a backing track is all you need in my opinion.
But if you want to you can always practice rhyhtm playing over a metronome to.