BC-116 • 4:4 all down rhythm
Rhythm has been part of our species for many thousands of years, but melody and harmony are a comparatively recent invention. Rhythm is in all of us and so learning to play rock solid time is one of the most important skills to master.
For many people, strumming rhythms are the trickiest thing to learn so we are going to start very simply to build a solid foundation. This is very easy and I hope that none of you have too much of a problem with this one. The hard part is in keeping the timing as consistent as possible.
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A bar is a great place to have a drink. It is also a musical term that we use to divide time in music.
We have to check out the beats in the bar so we know how many times to strum our chords.
For now, all bars will contain four beats because playing four beats in a bar is by far the most common beat in music. There are other time signatures (bars that have a different number of beats in them) but we'll be saving them for a lot later. The count is “1, 2, 3, 4”. For now, that is all we are looking at. All I want you to do is to be able to strum down four times, while you count along. Easy! Have a listen to the CD and try and copy what you hear, strumming an E chord.
It really helps to count along as you play so you always know where the bar starts. When we start playing songs, you will find that we nearly always change chord at the start of a bar, so it is very important that you know where ‘1' is.
We'll be looking at some harder rhythms later, but what you should be doing here is trying to get this very simple idea deep in your mind so that you just do it naturally and don't have to think about it. Use all down- strums and keep the strumming consistent.
Try and keep the strumming at an even volume too.
Not it's time to apply them in the next lesson: BC-117 • Easy Songs for Stage 1
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