American roots music spans a wide variety of styles and sub-genres ranging from blues and country to rock and folk. Besides all being ‘rooted’ to the history, geography, folklore, and cultural heritage of America, they share another very common attribute — roots music relies heavily on engaging rhythms and overall vibe.
Whatever style of roots music you happen to play, as a guitarist you must have a big vocabulary of chord voicings, rhythmic patterns, and right-handed strumming techniques to play these genres convincingly. Mike Zito will equip you with ample doses of all the above with 30 Rootsy Acoustic Rhythms You MUST Know.
”If you're a singer-songwriter, or if you're accompanying someone, you'll likely find an acoustic guitar in your hands. That's what 30 Rootsy Acoustic Rhythms You MUST Know is all about. I've hand-picked 30 very versatile rhythms that will jumpstart your vocabulary and keep you excited about these great styles of music.”
Mike will guide you through 30 performance studies, each covering a versatile rhythmic approach for a popular style of roots music. For example, you’ll work on an open road groove in A that incorporates double stops and open strings. You’ll also learn a rhythm part with passing tones and suspended chords, a shuffle with a cool blues vibe in the key of E, and a honky tonk groove that uses a hammer-on to resolve and a seven for another dash of vibe.
In the key of D, Mike will show you how to get low down with some drone notes and moving chords, you’ll also learn a big open C chord rhythm that modulates and suspends, a straight up progression in A, a rootsy progression in D that changes chords with ease and economy, and an E minor ballad that uses some hammer-ons in an A7 chord to reel in the emotion. That’s just a few of the 30 Rootsy Acoustic Rhythms you’ll learn in this course!
Mike demonstrates all of the rootsy rhythms over rhythm tracks and then breaks them down note-by-note emphasizing the techniques you’ll need to get a grip on to play them correctly.
All of the licks are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. You’ll also get Guitar Pro files so that you can play, loop and/or slow down the tab and notation as you work through the lessons. Plus, Mike generously includes all of the rhythm tracks for you to work with on your own.
Grab your guitar and let’s get rootsy with Mike Zito!