Rhythm Guitar Book 2: Free Video Lessons

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If you have already been playing guitar for a while, or if you already know how to read music, then you are probably ready for Rhythm Guitar 2, which focuses on full chords, strumming, and fingerstyle patterns. Rhythm Guitar 3 is an intense study in moveable chords. You may also want to check out First Moveable Guitar Chords, which is like a light version of Rhythm Guitar 3, and if you are interested in jazz and blues, check out Three-Note Jazz Guitar Chords.

If you want to be absolutely certain you are ready for Rhythm Guitar 2, you should first study Rhythm Guitar 1. It's a short book, and it's free! Click here for the Rhythm Guitar 1 page, which includes links to the free Rhythm Guitar 1 PDF and free lesson videos.

If you're just getting started on guitar, you should also check out my Melody Guitar books, which focus on learning to read and play melodies in standard music notation.

Click here for a list of my other videos, which include easy guitar arrangements, technique lessons, chords, scales, and more.

Rhythm Guitar 2 Videos

Lesson 1: Intro and Review (pages 3-5)
Review concepts you learned in Rhythm Guitar 1, including how to read a chord diagram, basic rhythms and rests, subdividing rhythms, and alternate strumming. Also includes a VERY brief intro to the basics of reading tablature (TAB).

Lesson 2: G and E Minor + First Strum Patterns (pages 6-7)
Learn to play the G major and E minor chords and how to change chords smoothly with common fingers. Use the 4-3-2-1 Exercise to train yourself to switch chords more quickly. Learn your first strumming patterns in 4/4 and 3/4 time.

Lesson 3: First Fingerstyle Patterns (pages 8-9)
Your introduction to fingerstyle playing includes a primer in the PIMA finger labels ans well as your first fingerstyle patterns in 4/4 and 3/4 time.

Lesson 4: C and D7, Rhythm Charts (pages 10-11)
Learn to play the C major and D7 chords, plus the guide finger concept. Put your new chords and patterns to use with two new rhythm charts.

Lesson 5: Playing Lead Sheets (page 12)
Learn how to follow a lead sheet as a rhythm guitarist with "Oh, Freedom" in Common Time and "Amazing Grace" in 3/4 time. You'll also learn about pick-up measures.

Lesson 6: Swing Low (page 13)

Learn to adjust your strumming pattern when the chords change in the middle of the measure.

Lesson 7: 8th Note Rhythm Charts (page 14)

Two lead sheets to help nail down your rhythmic reading.

Lesson 8: Bendemeer's Stream (page 15)

Changing patterns in the middle of a song is a good way to add interest.

Lesson 9: A Minor, E Major, E7, 8th Rests, New Patterns (pages 16-19)

Lots of new material! Learn three new chords and how to count 8th rests. You'll also learn four new strumming and fingerstyle patterns.

Lesson 10: New Rhythm Charts (page 20)

Two new rhythm charts to practice the new chords and patterns you learned in Lesson 9.