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- 1. Don’t move your whole arm
- 2. Identify the moment for the change of deal
- 3. Understand what kind of song you’re playing
- 4. Touch only the “Right” strings
- 5. Remember the keyword: delicacy
- 6. Train the coordination between the two hands
- 7. Playing with at least one other guitarist
7 Super Tips To Make You A Good Rhythm Guitarist
The world of the accompaniment guitar, what some people call a bit banal “beach guitar” is actually dense and full of many different nuances.
It’s not at all something as trivial as you think, quite the contrary!
Becoming good or even, excellent in strumming guitarists is not something to be taken for granted and immediately realized: as in all things concerning music and, in this case, guitar, you need a lot of exercises, a lot of perseverance and a lot of passion: an interesting cue, here on impararelachitarra.com, if you’re approaching this world try these 5 easy pinnacles for beginners. Read it, because it can really open up a world for you!
Yes, because strumming, that is the rhythmic component linked to the right hand, is really one of the fundamental junctions, to get to play the acoustic guitar with a real knowledge of the facts: by combining the ability of the left hand to quickly change the chords to that of the right hand to give the right intensity to the strumming, you will really become formidable in this aspect of the acoustic guitar!
But how to do all this? If what we have already written in the previous articles is not enough for you, today we will do more: we will reveal 7 great tips that will make you good rhythm guitarists!
But do these secrets, these tricks really exist? And if so, which ones?
1. Don’t move your whole arm
This first piece of advice seems very trivial, stupid, obvious and everything else you can say more, but the real problem is that many guitarists… haven’t understood it yet!
Sometimes you can see wild arms moving up and down in the distance, with wide and useless gestures…
Well, it’s all wasted effort, energies that are dispersed and taken away from other aspects of the piece you are performing that, perhaps, would really need it!
So, let’s give the solemn information: to make good in strumming, it is not necessary to move the whole arm.
The conductor, the big boss, the Big Boss will always be just your hand: it is on her that you will have to focus your attention and efforts, making her move up and down, as the case may be.
But not the arm… Your right arm has the categorical duty to remain still!
2. Identify the moment for the change of deal
There’s a deep, deep connection between the right and left hand when you play the accompanying guitar, they are connected by an invisible thread, which maybe you can’t see, but there is… Oh, there is.
To an action of one of the two hands, there is always a reaction of the other and their connection grows as the intensity of the strumming increases.
What can be a good move, then, to get your accompaniment exalted? Identify the moment for the chord change, with the left hand and, consequently, make sure that the right hand follows it, without creating gaps or unpleasant counter-tempers.
Seems easy, you say? Well, try it and then let us know: not to frighten you, but if not addressed properly, this exercise could become a little nightmare.
3. Understand what kind of song you’re playing
What song am I playing? How fast should it be played? Will the rhythm I’m using go well?
Understanding what kind of song you are playing, it would be a practice to do always and in any case, under any circumstances and with whatever kind of instrument you decide to try.
All the more reason, when it’s up to you to be the “rhythmic driving force” of the whole piece because this is required, especially when there is only one guitar, here it becomes important to get into the right patterns and the right mood of the song to play.
What gait should I give him? Will the speed be the right one? And this strumming, will it really be the right one?
Now you are the performers, it’s all up to you, it’s up to you to choose and make the final decision on how your piece should “render”…
A much less simple role than it seems!
Eh well, you wanted the bicycle and also the guitar….. And now, in addition to playing, you also have to pedal.
4. Touch only the “Right” strings
Perhaps one of our very first articles was dedicated to this very subject which, in this case, falls more than ever to the point.
The way they are structured, not all chords have the same identical “script requirements”: these often change even within the chord itself, depending on the exact point where you decide to play it on the guitar keyboard.
According to this, the strings to touch will also change.
Practical example: G Major in first and fifth position.
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In the first case, we will play our classic G major: ring on the sixth string on the third fret, middle on the second fret on the fifth string, little finger on the third fret on the first string: which strings will we play, in our strumming?
All six, of course!
Having positioned our fingers on the G, B and G notes on the first string, we’ll also play the D, G and B strings empty: in short, this first case is very classic and doesn’t present any problems.
Now let’s instead place the G Major in the fifth position: with a bar of only four strings on the fifth fret, we’ll place the middle finger in the seventh on the third string (note D), the ring finger in the seventh on the first string (note B) and the little finger in the eighth fret on the second string (note G).
The classic G major chord will come out, in a new position, but in this case, it is absolutely not necessary to touch all six strings of the guitar: since the empty strings of A and E are not part of the G chord, in this case, the strumming will be concentrated only on the first four strings.
5. Remember the keyword: delicacy
Yes, you really need to memorize this magic word and remember that no, you’re not holding a shovel!
There are many guitarists who confuse the technique and the art of strumming with a rough brushstroke thrown there a little bit ‘at best, moving the hand confusingly without a real technical and logical sense.
The truth is that to really give a significant and important touch to the exercise you are performing or to the piece you are playing, you need a certain “manual sensitivity”, a bit like those very technical players who manage to brush wonderful punishments, right at the crossroads.
Here, in this case, it is a matter of doing a bit of the same thing with our right hand: moving it with as much grace and delicacy as possible, avoiding sudden and useless movements!
6. Train the coordination between the two hands
If your goal is really to become an excellent “strumming guitar-man”, then another suggestion is to practice a lot with the coordination between the two hands, a point that we have already mentioned before and to which we absolutely want to return again.
The work of one hand is null without the decisive contribution of the other, for this reason, it becomes really essential that the mechanisms between the two hands are oiled to perfection!
Exercise yourself in the change of agreements, to be combined with the work of the right, to understand when it’s time to eventually change to raise when to beat…
A series of nuances that can really be decisive!
7. Playing with at least one other guitarist
The last piece of advice we want to give you in order to really become great rhythm guitarists is not to insist on being a lone wolf and on being on your own but, just for a change, to confront yourselves with as many guitarists as you can.
To really refine your practice, your dexterity and the understanding between both hands, it would be a great thing if you could find a friend, maybe in your own situation or even more experienced so that you could be guided and start training with him.
This will be fundamental to make your rhythmic sense become more and more refined.
Another, excellent, method of learning, in this solitary case, is to use the old (and never too much appreciated) metronome: it will give you the opportunity to establish a time and you will be able to not get lost rhythmically: you must be careful not to accelerate, not to slow down and to keep your strumming constant.
In short, an exercise not easy at all but that will be a source of sure growth for you!
Well, here we are at the end of this article where we have given you our advice to improve on the rhythmic part of the guitar.