Keeping Rhythm During Your Solos

author: JohnMayer4Mayor date: 10/12/2009 category: soloing
rating: 5.5 / votes: 20 
Are you a guitar player? That's a start. Do you have trouble keeping your riffs and solos together and on the beat (Or off the beat)? That's what I'm here for. Since I already wrote a lesson on getting the best from your left hand (A.K.A. How to Economically Control Your Fret Hand), I decided to give some tips on rhythm and right hand work. 1. Listen and Learn! Listen to music relentlessly. Of course this goes for all musicians, guitarists who need help with rhythm need to listen to a certain thing; the drums. If you listen to when the drummer hits the snare, high-hat and bass drum in relation to the song it's a sure-fire way to help your rhythm. Some good artists (with my taste) to check out for this purpose would be A.F.I., Daughtry and/or Dio. 2. Learn all three methods of picking! A biggie. Downpicking, uppicking and alternate picking are the three different kinds. Downpicking gives you a chunky, separated sound in most cases. uppicking sounds spritely and bright. Alternate picking gives you the advantage of the greatest speed of the three. Some exercises; Downpicking; Madhouse by Anthrax
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|---------------------------| Main Riff
|-2-------------------------|
|-2------------7---6--5--4--|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0----7--6--5--4-|
Uppicking; A Major pentatonic scale
|---------------------5-8-5-----------------------|
|-----------------5-8-------8-5-------------------|
|-------------5-7---------------7-5---------------|
|---------5-7-----------------------7-5-----------|
|-----5-7-------------------------------7-5-------|
|-5-8---------------------------------------8-5---|
Alternate Picking; Knights of Cydonia by Muse Tremolo Alternate picking
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|---------------------------------------------| X 2 for 2nd intro
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|-7--5-7-9--7-9-10--12--10-9-10-9-7-6---------|
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Each one of these exercises helps with a certain type of picking. Become adept at all three types and you'll be better at keeping rhythm with your right hand. 3. Be loose! I say this in all my lessons because it is one of the most crucial points in guitar playing. If you get too tense, you'll screw up. Don't think too hard about where your fingers go. Be careful, but don't go overboard with it. You'll end up with sloppy playing and an audience who wants their money back.
More JohnMayer4Mayor lessons:
+ How To Economically Control Your Fret Hand Soloing 08/11/2009
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