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Watch the The Acoustic Rhythm Guitar Survival Guide online guitar lesson by Vicki Genfan from Acoustic Rhythm Survival Guide

Acoustic Rhythm Guitar Survival Guide is the quintessential guide to not only surviving – but also thriving - amidst an ocean of acoustic guitar players all vying for their own place in the world of 'guitar greats', trying to make a unique musical contribution.

With the 19 techniques you'll be introduced to here and just a few of music history's most popular chord progressions, you'll watch and hear your playing rise to new levels of intensity, excitement and musicality in almost no time!

Whether you're a singer/songwriter, arranger, member of a band, playing originals or cover tunes, the hand-picked 'tools' presented in this course will lead you to hundreds of new ways to approach playing acoustic rhythm guitar.

It will also give the writer and arranger tons of new possibilities for creating music that stands out as 'unique' while standing up to history's most successful songs and arrangements.

The techniques we'll cover are changing tempo, changing time signature, changing duration of chords, finger picking, strumming, plucking, harmonics, relative minor substitution, open tunings, harmonic capo, partial capo, color tones, changing harmonic quality, changing voicings, power chords, hammer ons, pull offs, using part of one chord progression to make a new progression, 'slap-tap'/body percussion, and using different instruments.

The tools can be used to play ANY style of music. Working with these tools will open your ears, mind and thinking in ways that will forever change and expand your approach to acoustic rhythm guitar playing.

The material in the course will range in difficulty, but most of the techniques can be implemented right away for the intermediate player and even the advanced beginner. Look through the videos, as there are also some really cool advanced techniques and examples.

Even the simple techniques can be applied in a more advanced context very easily. For an example of this, you might want to listen to my arrangement of Norwegian Wood, which uses a 'harmonic tapping' pattern for the verses.

For the less advanced players, take your time! With patience and persistence you will find your way through the more difficult tools – and will be amply rewarded for your hard work!

Special Note for the Songwriter: I would highly suggest that you start a notebook, or dedicated area where you can take specific notes relating to songwriting. So much of the material we will cover in the course has already inspired me and my writing as I've been preparing, I'm sure you're going to have a similar experience. Additionally, I highly recommend having some kind of recording device at hand at all times! You don't want to lose any of these magic moments.

So – with that... let’s get going!