Watch the Applying The Rhythm Patterns online guitar lesson by Richard Gilewitz from Guitar Foundations

When applying rhythm patterns it is very important to understand and employ to your advantage the accents available as well as attempting some mutes or chops. In other words, you can occasionally release the pressure of the left hand while chording but continue strumming to achieve a sort of staccato sound. Be sure to attempt timing changes as well and begin to learn what you can about syncopated rhythms as you progress.