#1
Hey UG,
I looked through a few pages of search results but couldn't find much on what I'm going to ask, so I guess I need to start up a new thread.

My situation is that I spent a lot of time building up my solo chops, but I'm pretty weak on chords/rhythm now. I haven't played seriously in a while because of uni, but I'm starting up again and I need some advice/direction to seriously improve my rhythm. I need some good songs/lessons/anything that will help my sense of rhythm, specifically in relation to chords, though not limited to them, improve. Any help please?? Thanks.
#2
Learn about the major scale and how chords relate to it. Theres a good music theory for begginers lesson on UG just go to the lessons sections. As for rhythm practice with a metronome and learn how to count rhythms out "1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and".
#3
Best thing to do for rhythm excises is to pick up a snare-rudiment book. Take the rhythms you see there (I'm assuming here that you have all the necessary prior rhythm knowledge: What the value of notes are, and how to use a metronome and how to count) and apply them to chords. If they're having you tap out a para diddle rhythm for example, make sure you assign hands/strokes. What I mean, you could tap it out right-left-right-right-left-right-left-left with your hands, and make the picking pattern down-up-down-down-up-down-up-up (Can't think of a better way to explain this sorry, mental fart :P). This will help you with awkward strum patterns and make picking up song rhythms a little easier.

If you want to take a different route, you could always listen to a bunch of classic rock songs and pick up their strum patterns. Lots of goodies, hotel california rings a bell as a good one.

Best of luck!