Rhythm Guitar Book 2: Free Video Lessons
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 as 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.
Learn to adjust your strumming pattern when the chords change in the middle of the measure.
Two lead sheets to help nail down your rhythmic reading.
Changing patterns in the middle of a song is a good way to add interest.
Lots of new material! Learn three new chords and how to count 8th rests. You'll also learn four new strumming and fingerstyle patterns.
Two new rhythm charts to practice the new chords and patterns you learned in Lesson 9.
Applying a fingerstyle pattern to Danny Boy and finding good places to interrupt the pattern for dramatic effect.
Two new lead sheets for practicing your new chords and patterns.
Introducing repeats and first and second endings.
The two new lead sheets in this rhythm include repeats and endings, which you learned about in the previous lesson.
Use your newest 3/4 fingerstyle pattern to play the chords for Greensleeves, also known as What Child Is This.
Your introduction to tempo markings, which indicate how quickly or slowly to play.
Learn the D minor and G7 chords and how to add variety to your comping patterns with alternating bass notes.
Practice the alternating bass patterns you learned in Lesson 17.
Two new rhythm charts for practicing alternating bass patterns.
Introducing the fermata (or hold).
There are only two chords in this song, but there is still a lot going on, including a 1st and 2nd ending, alternating bass notes, and some fermatas.
In this lead sheet, you'll switch patterns in the middle, play alternating bass notes, and follow a fermata marking.
Learn the D major and A7 chords and four new comping patterns: two strumming and two fingerstyle.
Learn about the N.C. marking and work on a new rhythm chart that includes your new D and A7 chords.
Two new rhythm charts that include your new D, A7, comping patterns, and N.C. marking.
A new rhythm chart to practice your latest 3/4 strumming and fingerstyle patterns, and The Dreidel Song to practice your new D and A7 chords.
Easy chords, but plenty of other things to watch for, including N.C. markings, 1st and 2nd endings, and fermatas.
This song includes your newest chords: D major and A7. We'll do this using one of your new fingerstyle patterns from page 38. Watch out! This song includes a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ending.
This new song includes a 1st and 2nd ending and some N.C. markings. You'll play a 3/4 strumming pattern the first time throught and a 3/4 fingerstyle pattern on the repeat.
Learn to read and count tied notes.
Learn two new chords: B7 and A Major, plus 2 new strumming patterns and two new fingerstyle patterns.
Learn to follow tempo change markings such as ritardando, rallentando, accelerando, and "A Tempo" markings.
An opportunity to practice your latest patterns, chords, and follow tempo change markings.
A new rhythm chart for practice in reading rhythms, and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" to practice the new D– DU–UD strumming pattern.
Learn how to switch to a new chord in the middle of the D-DU-UD pattern.
"Blow the Man Down" include only E and B7, so you'll get plenty of practice with the B7 chord. "Aura Lee" is a Civil War song. The melody was later "borrowed" and became Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender."
Learn to play chords for the "Minuet in G" by Christian Petzold (formerly attributed to J.S. Bach).
Learn the F Major and C7 chords, plus four new comping patterns.
Learn to count and play a common dotted quarter note + 8th note rhythm.
Learn to follow D.C. al Fine and D.C. al Coda markings.
Learn to follow D.S. al Fine and D.S. al Coda markings.
These new rhythm charts include your newest strumming and fingerstyle patterns, dotted quarter note rhythms, and D.S. and D.C. markings.
In one of these new rhythm charts, you'll play your latest 3/4 strumming pattern. You'll also get more practice in playing dotted quarter note rhythms and following D.S. and D.C. markings.
The lead sheets in this lesson are Alouetta, with a D.C. al Fine, and All the Pretty Little Horses, with a D.C. al Coda.
This lead sheet is in 3/4 time and includes a D.S. al Coda.
This lead sheet includes a D.S. al Fine and can be played with fingerstyle or pick accompaniment.
Learn how to play G and E Minor bass runs (also called walk-ups and walk-downs).
Learn how to play C and A Minor Bass Runs (also called walk-ups and walk-downs).
Learn how to play C and G Bass Runs (also called walk-ups and walk-downs).
Learn how to play C and F Bass Runs (also called walk-ups and walk-downs).
Learn how to adapt the bass runs for various strumming and fingerstyle patterns, including patterns in 3/4 time.
Learn to decorate your A, C, and E type chords with hammer-ons.
This final lesson of Rhythm Guitar 2 covers power chords and two rock and blues comping patterns that pair well with power chords.