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Introduction to Rhythm and Timing

I am sure you are practicing hard with the chords I wrote about yesterday. I wanted to briefly mention about rhythm and timing.

Timing is basically about when to change or strike the chords. Rhythm is how many times and what speed you play the specific chord before you change.

With your four chords you are learning I want you to do two things. It involves counting to four. Firstly I want you to play each chord once and count to four before changing. It helps to add the word ‘and’ between each number to help you count correctly. Read and play the following

G

1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and then change

Em

1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and then change

C

1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and then change

D

1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and…… then go back to the beginning again.

The important thing here is the timing. Each time you say ‘1’ you should be striking the chord.

The next step is to strum on every beat (or number)

G G G G

1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and then change

etc etc

Again the important thing here is that each time you say the number you strike the chord.

Get this repeating itself smoothly and it will begin to sound very much like music! In fact you will have the basis for many many songs.

To get an idea about timing listen to some of your favorite songs. Most popular songs will be in the timing 4/4 this simply means there are 4 beats to a bar. This is precisely what we have been doing in the above examples. Counting 4 beats then 4 beats again. What I would recommend is listen to some songs and try counting along with them.

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