Rhythm is one of the core elements of music. We recognize when it’s right, and we know immediately when it’s off. So one of the best things we can do as musicians is to study and practice our rhythm.
Here are the most popular lessons on rhythm:
- Clap and Count Rhythm Aloud: How to Learn the Rhythms in Your Music – Start Here. This will show you how to play and count rhythm. This is Rhythm 101.
- How to Use a Metronome for Guitar Practice – The metronome is a very powerful practice tool. Also includes a link for a free 14-day email metronome course.
- The 8 Most Common Rhythms (and how to simplify tricky rhythms) – This shows you how complex rhythms are related to simpler ones. It brings 90% of rhythms you’ll find in music down to just 8 common patterns.
- How to Play Stacked Rhythms on Classical Guitar – On guitar, we play many parts at once. So on sheet music, it can get confusing. This lessons shows you how to read multiple rhythms stacked on top of each other.
Rhythm in Phrasing and Expression
Rhythm can also be expressive and charismatic in our pieces. We can play with rhythmic vitality and forward momentum. Rhythm can give character and life to music.
As we progress on guitar, we can become better at playing rhythmically (not just metronomically).
Many of the articles and lessons you’ll find below discuss specific tactics to use rhythm for expressive effect in pieces of music.
All Lessons on Rhythm
- Clap and Count Rhythm Aloud: How to Learn the Rhythms in Your Music
- How to Play Polyrhythms on Classical Guitar
- How To Stretch Time in Style: More Effective Ritardandos (Rit., Ritard)
- What is an Agogic Accent in Music?
- How to Play Beautiful Tied Notes and Syncopations
- How to Play Mixed Meter More Musically
- How To Count and Play Mixed Meter Time Signatures and Rhythms
- Beautiful Ornaments and Trills: Exercises for Practice
- Swing Time: How to Learn and Practice Tunes in Swing Time
- Rubato Mastery: How to Practice Stretching Time with a Metronome
- How to Play Rolled Chords Musically on Classical Guitar
- How to Develop Internal Rhythm
- The Fermata: How to Play Beautiful Fermatas in Classical Guitar Music
- How to Play Stacked Rhythms on Classical Guitar
- The 8 Most Common Rhythms (and how to simplify tricky rhythms)
- All About Triplets – How to Count and Play Triplet Rhythms
- Play “Naked”: Leave Out the Ornaments (at first)
- How to Play (and Practice) Accents on Classical Guitar
- How to Fix Rhythm Problems in Classical Guitar Pieces
- Strong Beats vs. Weak Beats
- How to Use a Metronome for Guitar Practice
- How to Stretch Time, With Rubato
- How to strum and sing guitar songs
- A Quick Guide to Musical Ornaments on the Guitar