While my rhythm guitar playing is pretty good, I still want to take it to the next level…

I have been studying a lot about rhythm guitar and timing. Playing along with a metronome is probably the most important thing to do as a musician. If you want to be a real musician, you got to understand timing and I’m trying to understand it as much as possible.

With the metronome, I can play whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, 8th notes and 16th notes just fine… however, though… I want to challenge myself even more. Learn more syncopated rhythms. You know, play off beat rhythms. I want to write original rock songs with a lot more syncopation rhythms. I also want to experiment with more ties and more rests too. I would also like to play more complex guitar chords more than just barre chords and basic open chords.

I’ve been inspired to learn more in guitar playing ’cause in the past, I was stuck in a rut. Kept playing the same things over and over so I wanted to improve myself hoping to play a little more professional. Move up to the advanced level of guitar playing and I’ve been working on that.

Studying timing is pretty important if you want to record your own music and even play in a band. Many guitar players ignore this stuff and they hate playing along with a metronome but once you get into it, you’ll love it. When I first started playing guitar, I’ll admit that I never wanted anything to do with the metronome but I finally learned to love it.

Once you understand timing and rhythm, you’ll be able to play any type of music… doesn’t matter what genre. I practice timing and rhythm even without a guitar. Tapping your foot and clapping along with a metronome is fun as well. I love learning rhythm patterns and I like to create patterns of my own as well.

Someday in the future, I would love to jam with a drummer. A real human drummer just so I can test out my skills, ya know? When I look for a drummer, I’m not just going to jam with a random drummer. This drummer have to know what he or she is doing. This drummer must play along with a metronome quite well. If I find a drummer who doesn’t play in time, then forget it. Onto the next one. If I form a band someday, I’m gonna take talent very serious. I would want all band members to be really good ’cause I want to play fuckin’ tight music, ya know? I would want my band to rock really hard.

Yep,  if you want to be taken seriously as a musician, you have to understand timing and have good rhythm. It certainly helped me as a player greatly.

Kev

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