Get Rhythm Guitar Playing Ideas That Make Your Riffs Sound Awesome & Don't Require Advanced Skills
Do you love play rhythm guitar but feel like you've run out of rhythm guitar playing ideas to help you play killer riffs of your own?
Playing awesome rhythm guitar riffs isn't a very hard thing to do.
You don't need to know tons of music theory, have pro level skills or have shred skills that enable you to play really fast.
You just need a few simple, but effective rhythm guitar ideas to help play awesome licks of your own:
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Now you now how to play rhythm guitar ideas that sound awesome.
Now learn how to keep your rhythm guitar playing clean whenever you play your riffs. Read below to learn more ways to play rhythm guitar fast with clean and accurate technique:
If you are playing inefficiently with either your picking or fretting hand, it will mess up everything for the other hand even if it is playing perfectly.
Focus Only On Fretting Hand And Picking Hand In Isolation
Most guitarists practice everything with both hands at the same time. This may sound like common sense, but it actually slows down their progress and often leads to frustration.
Instead, try this:
Work on mastering the movement needed to play guitar riffs perfect in both hands, separately and together.
An example of this could be exclusively practicing picking motions with the picking hand while the fretting hand mutes the strings. Or you could mute the strings using your picking hand and fret notes using your fretting hand only (without picking or using hammer ons/pull offs - just fretting the notes).
Just practice the motions without making any sound.
Consistently Look For Ways To Increase Your Guitar Practice Motivation
Here is how to motivate yourself to practice guitar on days when you feel resistance towards doing it:
Start by practicing for just 5 minutes.
If you don't really feel motivated to practice, allow yourself to not practice for 5 additional minutes.
In many cases, you will choose to continue practicing and will usualy practice for a lot longer as well.
The following explains what is going on here:
- It's generally more challenging to get started doing something than to continue it or complete it. When you practice guitar for 5 minutes, it's harder to stop than to just keep going.
- Practicing for 5 minutes is something everyone has the time for. Everyone has 5 minutes to practice guitar, even if they are generally a busy person.
Becoming a better rhythm guitarist, lead guitarist or musician in general requires making goals and taking the right steps to achieve them.
Create Specific Practice Session Goals Everytime You Practice
What makes achieving your musical goals much easier?
Setting specific practice session goals that you will achieve each time you sit down to practice.
These tiny goals will take you a step closer to your bigger, long term goals within the current practice session you are in.
These goals should be small enough to achieve during a short practice session if needed, but not so small that you can't track them.
- Increase the tempo you are able to play something by a few beats per minute on the metronome.
- Learn the right notes to play while first playing a new guitar riff or lick (even if you can't play them perfect yet).
- Repeat a guitar lick 500 times to burn it into your muscle memory.
Now you know how to improve your rhythm guitar playing and overall playing. What's next?
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“Before the online guitar lessons, I had a lot of trouble with phrasing. I couldn’t make good note choices, I was always fishing for the next note. I was trying to think of ways that I could play, but it didn’t sound good. I didn’t know how to write songs, it was absolutely terrible, everything sounded the same. I couldn’t really… I didn’t feel confident with my playing. I definitely couldn’t build speed for anything, I was really sloppy and I was dissonant… and it was really painful to play.”
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“I found Tom Hess on the net through articles, and I read quite a few of those before I went to Tom’s website. Even though I’m not a metal player at all, and Tom is obviously a metal player, I could still see that his ideas and way of teaching could really benefit me. So I pretty much signed up for online guitar lessons with Tom straight away once I’d gone through the website, and it’s just been a real eye opener with the way he teaches…”
... the integration of concepts that he’ll give you and having a really structured strategy… not just week to week lessons, but things that - you can see from one lesson to the next - really develop and continue to work on your technique and your theory and aural skills and those types of things. So I’d played a long time… 20 years before I really caught onto Tom, and I’d had a lot of lessons, and I’d taught and played but I can really see improvements in my technique, sweeping, and picking which weren’t strong parts of my playing.
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Yeah I can see more results in 18 months in a lot of areas in my playing than you know 20 years. So it’s sort of, you know, would’ve been great 20 years ago to have met Tom.
Simon Candy, Melbourne, Australia
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