zhafran
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#1
can anyone tell me how to become a good rhythm guitarist?
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I'm a rhythm guitarist and have plenty of respect, coz I'm hawt

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#7
easy - just turn the amp down and stand still :p

nah kidding, i was a rhythm guitarist for a long while, all you really need is a sense of rhythm and a good understanding of chords, work on new strumming patterns as much as you can too.
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washburndean
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#8
For an understanding of rhythm.. for me.. I listen to the beat.

So maybe a metronome? If you are playing by yourself that is.
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TSelman
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#9
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Actually the ladies are with my when I do rhythm...but then again I do leads and rhythm.

Or my rhythm is a lead lol
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#10
Learn how to play the bass

Helped me
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washburndean
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#12
Also, it helps if you listen to a lot of rhythmic music.

For example, hip-hop helps A LOT.. at least it did for me.
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#14
What everyone else said.

And the best rhythm guitarists also play lead.

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE
ep1kz
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#15
your question shouldn't be "how can I be a better rhythm guitar player", it should be
"how can i be a better guitar player"

on the other hand, learn to play chords and switch between them with ease. you wouldn't want to screw up your buddies solo by making a horrible sound instead of a g chord etc
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#17
work on the chords (basic chords if you're not in a jazz or a prog band)

work on your picking hand, gget a good technique so you can be fast and clean

practice with a metronome so your sense of rythm get better
maxhoran97
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#18
You just really need to have chord progessions down. First learn open chords than move onto bar chords. I am working on bar chords and they are hard but with practice every day you see a see a slight difference every day. So just PRACTICE. It also helps to play songs you know on guitar with a friend who can sing. This will give a good sense of feeling the vibes and staying on beat.
Zoomyrs1
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#19
Quote by Apok
Learn how to play the bass

Helped me


+1

...and FFS Bass is about much more then playing the damn bass note from the guitar!
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#20
Quote by maxhoran97
You just really need to have chord progessions down. First learn open chords than move onto bar chords. I am working on bar chords and they are hard but with practice every day you see a see a slight difference every day. So just PRACTICE. It also helps to play songs you know on guitar with a friend who can sing. This will give a good sense of feeling the vibes and staying on beat.


I know you just tried to be helpful and give advice, but for the love of god do not resurrect a 5 year old thread.

Someone please lock this thread or something.
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#21
Practice playing everything on time and be relaxed