Watch the Wilted Roses: Rhythm 1 online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Jam Night Vol. 2

Our initial approach to rhythm guitar on this track quite naturally utilizes first-position "cowboy" chords, such as D, A and G, and for each of these chords I combine a strummed approach with arpeggiating, which means to pick each of the notes in the chord individually and, usually, in some form of pattern. I like to spice up each of these chords a little with subtle hammer-ons and pull-offs to fretted and open strings.