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Watch the My Sad Guitar: Rhythm 1 online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Jam Night Vol. 3

In this first approach to rhythm guitar, I stick with first position "cowboy" chords (chords that are played within the first three frets of the neck and often include open strings). This type of approach lays down the perfect type of "bedrock" as accompaniment to either a vocalist or an instrumental soloist. As I play through the repeated progression, I like to pick the notes of each chord individually to create a fuller and more intricate sound than simle strumming provides.