#1
So I'm tired of playing uninspired rhythm guitar. I am the lead in my band (singer plays rhythm with low skill/just basic chord change abilities).

So I want to step it up on my rhythm playing and try my hand at playing like brian setzer/john frusciante/jimi hendrix. I've found some nice techniques that really help me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17RQ2mr4770.

I was now wondering if there is anything else I can do to up my chord changes/ play in a way were I don't need even any instruments. I'm self taught and have been playing for maybe 3 or 4 years.

Is there anything like key changes or certain progressions that can help me more? like Under the bridge progression. Are there any influences I should be listening to? I already listen to a lot of chet atkins and merle travis. Which is a little above my ability right now (thumb picking bass/ melody with fingers).

Sorry if I don't make sense or this has been asked before.
Last edited by sidebuster at Sep 16, 2009,
#2
make sure you improvise alot, the musicians you mentioned all improvise alot during performances, just add nice little touches to stuff
#3
Id suggest learning something like the intro to Little Wing. Shows great chord embelishments and changes. Also the outro to RHCP Sir Pysco Sexy is a great, flowing repeating chord progression with tastefull rhythm and more embelishments as it goes along.
#4
use chord inversions...the 3rd in the bass is a nice touch...use walking baselines to connect chords...some interval runs between chord changes 3rds / 6ths.. diatonic chord runs..IMA7 iim7 iiim7 for the Ima7 chord ... back-cycle into the target chord...if E7 is the next chord your going to play...preceed it with C#7 F#7 B7...etc expand that thinking into iim7 V7 (D#mi7 G#7 C#7) type thinking...use chromatic chord runs...C#7 D7 Eb7 E7...G7 F#7 F7 E7 etc

play well

wolf
#5
Quote by wolflen
use chord inversions...the 3rd in the bass is a nice touch...use walking baselines to connect chords...some interval runs between chord changes 3rds / 6ths.. diatonic chord runs..IMA7 iim7 iiim7 for the Ima7 chord ... back-cycle into the target chord...if E7 is the next chord your going to play...preceed it with C#7 F#7 B7...etc expand that thinking into iim7 V7 (D#mi7 G#7 C#7) type thinking...use chromatic chord runs...C#7 D7 Eb7 E7...G7 F#7 F7 E7 etc

play well

wolf


I don't know what is more awesome. The fact that you are helping me out. Or the fact that I understood everything you suggested.

Thanks for the help guys.
#6
Just a comment for the video itself. I love justin, he always does such great lessons and lays them out in a very clear way, and you can always see exactly what he's doing with his fingers.
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