Combining Open Strings and Rhythm

Okay, we were in for a bit of surprise. We had a new post all ready to type up to give you some new hints on your songwriting and as a music player. But, when we loaded the picture it wasn't the lesson we wanted. Never fear, let's just go with this one.

 developing rhythm ideas

As you can see this lesson is a two bar progression. It's only co-incidence that it sounds like a super huge hit. When we created this lesson we wanted to develop a simple power chord approach to a 2 chord progression with the first chord being a minor chord and the second one being a Major chord. The e minor chord and D Major chord are what we came up with from a strictly music theory perspective.

The top line of the score is a string picking approach played in straight eighth notes. It's atmospheric and spacious. Make sure you play it at a constant, accurate beat. Try playing this somewhere about 96BPM - 108BPM, in other words not too fast. That top score works fine on keyboard too.

To supplement this progression we added a second guitar. You could go with a sound that suits your style or branch out and try something new. You could play guitar 2 comfortably on an acoustic guitar or chunkify the song with a gritty, distorted guitar. Just a warm distortion should be fine, no need to go insane here.

Observe how guitar two outlines the chord change. It plays right at the end of the first bar and beginning of second bar only. Try coming up with your own simple melody ideas and use a rhythm guitar to support it, not drown it out.

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