Rhythm Guitar

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Foreword   i

Introduction   iii


CHAPTER ONE

Eastern music and Western music  1  equal temperament  2  the 88 key piano keyboard  2  the octave  3  the division of the octave  3  the natural notes  5  accidentals and enharmonic notes  5  Exercise 1  7  families of instruments  8  range and register  9  bass and treble  9  the open notes of the guitar  10  fretted notes on the guitar  10  the fretboard diagram  11  Exercise 2  11  the formal name for an interval  11  the minor 3rd and the Major 3rd  12  tertian harmony and triads  13  spelling triads  14  Exercise 3  14

CHAPTER TWO

tuning the guitar  15  relative tuning  16  guitar chords  17  chord diagrams  17  constructing chord diagrams  18  chord fingerings  19  chord symbols  20  Exercise 4  21  fretting considerations  22  the partial barre  23  chord progressions  25  Major and minor keys  25  the tonic chord  26  the Perfect 4th and the Perfect 5th  26  the three chord group  27  chord progression in d  28  meter  29  the 12-bar blues progression  29  Exercise 5  31

CHAPTER THREE

the use of chord progressions in this study  32  the use of Exercises in this study  33  rasgueado and punteado  34  strumming the guitar  35  the flatpick  36  the basic downstrum  37  the arc-in  37  meter and rhythm in visualinear tablature  38  metric rhythm  39  developing patterns of strumming  40  the playing Exercises  42  Exercise 6  43  the basic upstrum  44  the arc-out  44  touch with a flatpick  45  strumming patterns  45  playing strummed music musically  47  Exercise 7  48

CHAPTER FOUR

practicing effectively  49  developing rhythmic correctness  50  the metronome  52  introduction to fingerstyle technique  53  the playing hand anchor  54  the fingernails of the playing hand  54  four finger picking  55  arpeggiated fingerstyle  56  fingerstyle in visualinear tablature  56  Exercise 8  58  cut time and double time  60  three finger picking  61  Exercise 9  62  playing the progressions in fingerstyle  64  fingerpicks  64  hybrid picking  66

CHAPTER FIVE

the metric beat and patterns of rhythm  67  syncopation and accents  67  the C and G progressions  69  relative Major and minor  70  parallel Major and minor  70  the Medieval cadence  71  common chords and common keys  72  creating and expanding chord progressions  73  legato strumming  75  damping strings  75  damped strums  76  arpeggiated strums  79  bass note – strum style  79  Exercise 10  81  patterned fingerstyle  83  Exercise 11  84  the duration of notes in fingerstyle  86  vibrato  87  touch in fingerstyle  88

CHAPTER SIX

repeat signs  90  quartering the beat  90  compound meter  91  the theory of 7th chords  92  Exercise 12  94  added note chords  95           the C-1(3), G-2(3), and G7-2(3) chords  97  the F(5) chord  97  the g(6) chord and internal damping  98  the B7 and B chords  99  the E and e chord groups  101  quartering the beat while strumming  102  pick and strum style  104  string and fret notation  105  the hammer-on and the pull-off  105  Exercise 13  107  the talking blues progression  109  the open chord  110  the bend  110  Exercise 14  111  the pinch  114  other multiple note techniques in fingerstyle  115  Exercise 15  116  practicing fingerstyle patterns and strumming patterns  118

CHAPTER SEVEN

the pick-up  120  suspended chords  121  Exercise 16  122  the F(6) chord and thumbing  122  chords above a bass note  123  making chord transitions efficiently  123  strumming in compound meter  124 Exercise 17  128  alternate pick and strum style  130  backpicked notes  132  flatpicked damped and staccato notes  132  multiple flatpicked notes  133  the slide  133  Exercise 18  134  incomplete and inverted chords in fingerstyle  136  syncopated fingerstyle  137  damped notes and muted notes in fingerstyle  137  Exercise 19  138  rolls in fingerstyle  140  florid fingerstyle  141  Exercise 20  142

CHAPTER EIGHT

song form  145  reading song scores  146  9th chords  148  Exercise 21  149  the theory of barre chords  149  important barre chords  151  common chords and common keys  152  muted strums  153  non-chord notes in strums  155  implied melody in strumming  156  Exercise 22  156  alternating bass  159  Exercise 23  164  Travis picking  166

Exercise 24  167

CHAPTER NINE

a review of rhythmic considerations  170  triplets  171  duplets  173  Augmented chords  174  chord charts  177  another blues progression  179  diminished chords  181   the capo  185  transposition with a capo  186  transposing chord progressions  187  fashioning rhythm guitar duets  189  5th chords  190  modal chords  192  hammering-on and pulling-off while strumming  193  hammered chords  196  advanced strumming technique and notation  197  Exercise 25  198  fingerpicking  202  Exercise 26  203  

CHAPTER TEN

scordatura  207  D standard tuning  207  low D tuning  209  Exercise 27  210  D pedal tuning  212  Exercise 28  213  D modal tuning  215  D5 tuning  216  Exercise 29  216  open tunings  218  Exercise 30  220  chording in open tunings  222  harmonics  223  half-open tunings  225  experimenting with tunings  225  naming chords devised by means of experimentation  226  figuring out song accompaniments from recordings  227

Appendix  229

Index and Pronunciation Guide  246