Basic Rhythm

There Are 4 Steps To Playing Rhythm Successfully !

Four Steps to practicing Rhythm

  1. Clarity: Get a good sound out of every note in the chord
  2. Speed: Get your chord changes in under .5 of a second
  3. Rhythm: being able to keep a fluent rhythm pattern



Chords Used

G Major (G) E Minor (Em) C Major (C) D Major (D)

It is made up of eight bars of music, the first two bars are the chord "G" and the second 2 bars are the chord "E minor". Then one bar of "C", one bar of "D" and again two bars of "G". There is a repeat sign on the end that tells you to go back to the beginning of the music once you're finished. As you can see in the illustration the 2nd, 4th & 8th bar has what looks like a percentage sign in them (%). These are not actually percentage signs, but they mean to repeat what was ever in the last bar. It may not seem like much use to put them in now, but if the bar before was a intricate piece of music, then it becomes a little bit easier just to put a repeat sign rather than rewriting the whole bar again.

To Help You Change Chords Quicker, Look For Fingers In Common


The animation to the bottom right shows the changing of chords through the above chart. Have a look and see which fingers have to be moved from one chord to the next, also see which fingers stay where they are. The fingers that stay in the same position from one chord to the next are knows as the Pivot Fingers.
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